tretAyuga - etymology

Jonathan Silk at YALE.EDU
Mon Oct 18 22:15:19 UTC 1999

A Tibetan translation (?) of a commentary on the Lankavatara-sutra by an
author named Jnanavajra contains in a list of the four yugas (kRta tretA
etc) a rendering of tretAyuga which indicates that the translators took the
term as if from the root trA, protect, rather than as related to three (the
historically correct derivation). This is to my knowledge unusual or
unique. I wonder if there might be some Indian etymology which links
tretAyuga with trA somehow?  Any hints?

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