muraja drum

arul kumaresan arul_kumaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 25 18:19:55 UTC 1999

Seeking Sanskritists' help on the drum/big drum `muraja'.
Is it from Indo-Iranian heritage?

Is Skt. muraja from Dravidian muracam? Classical Tamil
texts have royal drum, muracam/muracu/muraicu.
Usually, these muracam-s were kept on a decorated cot
in the palace. Sangam texts portray muracam-s being
carried by elephants and royal commands proclaimed.
Any comments on Skt. muraja and Ta. muracam?

Thanks a million,

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