The elephant naLagiri/nalagiri

C.R. Selvakumar selvakum at VALLUVAR.UWATERLOO.CA
Wed Apr 7 13:43:12 UTC 1999

Rolf Koch wrote:

*I would suggest that nala is Middle Indian from Sanskrit nada "boaring"

     Turner's CDIAL 6936 for 'naDa' suggests :'possibly through contact with
     Dravidian Kannada naLLu 'reed' , Tamil nel 'hollow' and cites
     Thomas Burrow.

     There are many words in Tamil like noLLai, nALam  etc. which will
     show that the a hollow or tubular structure is the root sense .
     In tamil such a structure is called 'uTTuLai'.
     I don't have DED handy but I'm sure there should be connections there.

     What Madhuresan says is different.

     Regards /C.R.(Selva) Selvakumar

*Swaminathan Madhuresan wrote:
*> This Dravidian naLa/nala meaning both 'good' and 'black' is
*> interesting. In sangam texts, the brown color (mAmai) is celebrated,
*> opposite of todays' Indian movies where Dalits appear in white
*> colors! The IE notion of good=white/light and evil=black is at
*> odds with the Dravidian nal/naL = good and black.
*> SM

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