Dating the Veda: Using the Horse and Planets

S.Kalyanaraman kalyan99 at NETSCAPE.NET
Wed Jan 19 10:27:17 UTC 2000

Vidhyanath Rao <rao.3 at OSU.EDU> wrote:
> This reminds me of a question I have been searching for an answer to: Do
> languages of NW (including Gujarat, Sindh) reliably distinguish between the
> ass/donkey (Equus asinus) and the hemione (E heminous), subspecies Khur? >
[Sanskrit doen't seem to.]

Punjabi has the followins semantic expansions attesting to the use of as'va as
a reference to any (animal) which leads, can be mounted, yoked etc.:

aswa_r = mounted, riding (on anything); a rider, a mounted soldier
aswa+ro+ cpmveuamce (as a horse, elephant, camel, carriage etc.)


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