Tilak reference?

Arlo Griffiths arlo.griffiths at LET.LEIDENUNIV.NL
Wed Nov 2 07:35:44 UTC 2005

On the latter word (taabuuva-), and the influence it has had on  
several scholars' imagination, see the following article:

Abhijit Ghosh, Problems in Determining Austric Lexical Elements in  
Sanskrit: a Case from the Atharva-Veda. In: A. Griffiths & J.E.M.  
Houben (eds.), The Vedas: Texts, Language & Ritual, Groningen:  
Forsten [GOS XX], 2004, 217--236.

Arlo Griffiths

On Nov 2, 2005, at 2:45 AM, George Thompson wrote:

> Many thanks to Madhav and David.  This is the article that I need  
> to cite.  Madhav, would you please forward the page numbers from  
> that publication when you have the time?  What is of interest in  
> this article is that it claims that the Babylonian god Tiamat is  
> referred to at AVZ 5.13.4 with the word *taimAta'*, apparently a  
> water-snake of some sort.  The article also claims that the  
> Babylonian goddess Apsu  is referred to in a number of Vedic apsu- 
> compounds.
> As it turns out, an intrepid comparatist has recently used these,  
> um, fanciful etymologies to support his claim that there was  a  
> significant diffusion channel connecting Babylonian mythology not  
> only to the Indus Valley Culture, but also to Vedic.  My article  
> attempts to debunk this silliness.
> Also, another curiosity in this AVZ hymn: the presence of the  
> obscure term *tAbu'va* at AVZ 5.13.10, which seems to refer to  
> another snake, or a snake-demon, or snake-poison.  Nevertheless, it  
> used to be suggested that it is a certain Polynesian word, which  
> has surfaced in English as "taboo."
> Human imagination is a marvelous thing!
> Thanks again to David and Madhav,
> George
> Madhav Deshpande wrote:
>> I don't have access to the original publication of this piece by  
>> Tilak, but this article titled "Chaldean and the Indian  
>> Vedas" (originally published in the Bhandarkar Commemorative  
>> Volume) was reprinted in his posthumous book Vedic Chronology and  
>> Vedanga Jyotisha, 1925, Pune: Messrs Tilak Brothers, Gaikwar  
>> Wada.  If you need, I can give page numbers from this publication.
>> Madhav M. Deshpande
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Indology on behalf of George Thompson
>> Sent: Tue 11/1/2005 11:51 AM
>> To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
>> Subject: Tilak reference?
>> Dear List,
>> I am in the process of reading the proofs of an article that I  
>> have written.  The editors would like a full reference to the  
>> following.
>> In Keith's *Religion & Philosophy of the Veda & Upanisads* vol. p.  
>> 81 n. 2, there is reference to an article by Tilak in *The  
>> Bhandarkar Commemorative Volume*, pp. 32 ff.  Would anyone on the  
>> list know full title of the volume, with date, the name of the  
>> article and the pages numbers occupied by it?
>> Thanks in advance for help.
>> George Thompson

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