bhakti- etc

H. Mark Hubey HubeyH at MAIL.MONTCLAIR.EDU
Sat Apr 10 09:19:35 UTC 1999

Yaroslav V. Vassilkov wrote:

> n. 'lot, share', m. 'god'; New Persian bag- 'god'. The element representing
> the form *bahta- has been found in some Scythian names from North Pontic
> Steppes. Russian and even common Pra-Slavic *bog "(happy) lot", "share",
> "destiny", "god", "God" - is most probably a loanword from an Iranian
> (*Indo-Iranian?) source (formally and semantically it is the closest parallel
> to Skt bhaga/Bhaga and Av. baga-). The same word, but in its Indo-Iranian
> form *bhaga-s, was borrowed by the Volga Finns (Mordovian-Erzja *paz*, *pas*
> 'god' Mordovian-Moksha *pavas* 'god', 'good luck', 'happiness').

How about something even more obvious. Bogha = bull.

Worship of animals or gods manifested in animals, or the animals
as manifestations of gods probably has a very long history in
human affairs.

Best Regards,
hubeyh at =-=-=-=

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