Valmiki, the hunter

McComas Taylor mccomas.taylor at ANU.EDU.AU
Sun Dec 3 22:21:56 UTC 2006

Dear friends

Is there any credible evidence for a single historical figure called 
Valmiki? I don't believe that Julie Leslie offers any. That being the 
case, who is to say what his mother-tongue was?

Yours respectfully


Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan wrote:
> In 'Authority and meaning in Indian religions : Hinduism and the case of  
> Valmiki', based on Taittiriya Praatisaakhya 5.34, 5.35, 5.36, 9.4, and  18.6,  
> Julia Leslie discusses the possibility that Valmiki, a  grammarian, might have 
> belonged to a community whose mother-tongue was not  Sanskrit. 
> Can a grammarian not propound a rule based on his observation of language  
> use by others? Is there any justification to assume Valmiki's rule is based on  
> his own usage? I would appreciate any comments on this from the Sanskrit  
> grammarians on this list.
> Thanks in advance.
> Regards,
> S. Palaniappan
> In a message dated 11/21/2006 6:47:10 A.M. Central Standard Time,  
> ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK writes:
> This is  the subject of Julia Leslie's book _Authority and meaning in 
> Indian  religions : Hinduism and the case of Valmiki_.  Curzon,  2003.
> Best,
> D

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