Left and right

Stefan Baums baums at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Wed Nov 5 01:02:57 UTC 2008

Dear Stella,

> 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
on vāma:

   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

All best,

Stefan Baums
Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington

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