at risk again

jkirk jkirk at SPRO.NET
Mon Feb 10 16:05:52 UTC 2003

Intriguing! what got me started on this were the many terms in Kalidasa's
Meghaduta for birds and flowers. Probably nobody has gone through it to see
if they could write a "nature concordance' for that work?
> Dear Colleagues,
> be always very careful with Monier Williams' identifications of animals
> and plants and especially with the names he used. These were often badly
> antiquated even when he compiled his dictionary in the 19th century and
> sometimes quite much taxonomic knowledge is needed to understand his
> There is no easy available reliable source, the information is scattered
> in many places and often unavailable. Dave's books on birds in Sanskrit
> is nice as a material collection, but his way of equating Sanskrit words
> with zoological taxons is often erroneous.
> For Vedas Macdonell's and Keith's index contains sometimes useful
> information and textual references. Mayrhofer's dictionaries are also
> useful. But the whole thing is often difficult and needs special study.
> Regards
> Klaus
> --
> Klaus Karttunen, Ph.D.
> Docent of Indology and Classical Ethnography
> Institute of Asian and African Studies
> PL 59 (Unioninkatu 38 B), 00014 University of Helsinki, FINLAND
> phone 358-0-19122188, fax 358-0-19122094

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