lion - "five-faced"

Ashok Aklujkar aklujkar at INTERCHANGE.UBC.CA
Mon Jan 13 23:48:50 UTC 2003

There has been some interesting discussion on pa;ncaanana in Marathi between
Professors M.A. Mehendale and M.G. Dhadphale. I cannot locate it at present,
nor remember its precise content. The inquirer could contact both scholars
at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune 411 004.

In the meanwhile, I will simply observe that pa;nca could be connected to
the root pa;nc that is found in words such as prapa;nca and must have some
such sense as 'expand, proliferate.'

ashok aklujkar

On 2003-01-10 06:13, "Madhav Deshpande" <mmdesh at UMICH.EDU> wrote:

> V.S.Apte's dictionary explains paJcaanana referring to a lion as paJcam
> aananam yasya, "so called because its mouth is generally wide-open."  It also
> lists paJca in the sense of "spread, extended," though the only cited
> instances of this word are in compounds like paJcaanana.
>                                               Madhav Deshpande
>> ----------
>> From:         Eva De Clercq
>> Reply To:     Indology
>> Sent:         Friday, January 10, 2003 8:28 AM
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>> Subject:           lion - "five-faced"
>> Hello,
>> Do any of you have any references to why a lion is often called "five-
>> faced", paJcànana?
>> Thanks,
>> Eva De Clercq

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