Black skin in RV (was: Black as Evil)

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 4 14:41:01 UTC 2000

NG>With "kRSNa tvac"(=black skin) in RV 1.130.8 and 6.40.1
NG>and .

Vanbakkam Vijayaraghavan gives a *new* reading of RV:
>Vac refers to speech and not skin. Hence it means bad speech than  bad

This simply is not correct. The Rgveda has "black skin" (kRSNa tvac)
in the mentioned location.

Online Sanskrit Lexicon:
2 f. skin (of men , serpents &c.) , hide (of goats , cows &c.)
RV. &c.  (%{kRSNA4}) , the black man "' , i , 130 , 8) ; a cow's
hide (used  in pressing out the Soma) , i , iii ,   ix VS. xix , 82;
a leather  bag RV. v , 33 , 7 ;  etc.

N. Ganesan

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