body in discussions of the soul

Allen W Thrasher athr at LOC.GOV
Fri Apr 8 19:30:20 UTC 2005


I'm not aware of any, but I would expect that the frequent writing of darZana in verse would create a strong tendency to use all the words as complete synonymns, metris causa.


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>>> silk at HUMNET.UCLA.EDU 04/08/05 1:17 pm >>>
Dear Colleagues,

I am wondering if anyone knows of a study of the vocabulary for
'body' employed in discussions of the existence of the soul, and the
body-soul (or mind-body) problem, or can offer any insight.

My extremely superficial impression is that zariira is a common word
in such contexts, but do other terms (kaaya, deha, ???) also appear?
(I likewise presume that the most common words for the other member
of the pair include aatman, jiiva, prakrti, though I am less
interested in this side of the question.)

With many thanks, JAS
Jonathan Silk
Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
Center for Buddhist Studies
290 Royce Hall
Box 951540
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540
phone: (310)206-8235
fax:  (310)825-8808
silk at

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