Connection between Yama, yamI and yamunA

Ruth Rickard rrickard at EASYNET.CO.UK
Sat Nov 13 17:15:04 UTC 1999

I wrote a little unclearly:

<paraindent><param>right,left</param>There is some interesting
information on the origins of Yama in the       Prolegomena to The
Vajrabhairava Tantras by Bulcsu Siklos, published in the Buddhica
Britannica series by the Institute of Buddhist Studies in 1996.


The Prolegomena is of course the introduction to the text, in the  the
book entitled "The Vajrabhairava Tantras".

There is a further article by Dr. Siklos, "The Evolution of the
Buddhist Yama" in Volume IV of the Buddhist Forum,  published by the
School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 1996 which I think
would better provide the information requested.

Ruth Rickard

>Can anybody please explain the relationship between Yama, yamI and


>  I get the impression that in Vedic literature, yama and yamunA were

>who were the children of vivasvAn. However, in Post Vedic literature,

>became the God of death and yamI became the twin of the God of death

>yamunA was/became the name of the river.


>My questions are

>1. Is this interpretation correct? If not, please correct the record

>2. What is the connection between yamunA and yamI?How did the river
get it's




>Looking forward to your answers,





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