Left and right
baums at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Wed Nov 5 01:02:57 UTC 2008
> Latin sinistra seems to have the same connotations.
yes, and so does the other Latin word for ‘left’: laevus (but
apparently in augury it means ‘favorable’). Multiple layers of
taboo replacement – further to French gauche, Spanish izquierdo,
but Italian still sinistro.
To complement Peter’s reference to Gonda on dakṣiṇa, here is one
Manfred Mayrhofer, 1968. Zu altindisch vāma‐ ‚link‘. Die
Sprache 14: 160.
Incidentally, in the Gāndhārī commentary that I am editing, vāma
is contrasted with anuloma (and thus apparently equivalent to
aṇulomo paḍicasamupado · vamo pusujaṇapakṣo
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