term for actors

mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU
Thu Jan 8 22:08:55 UTC 2009

Among Skt. terms for "actor" we find
zailuu.sa, derived (via the a.n-pratyaya
used to form patronymics) from ziluu.sa, which
is a name for the Bilva tree.  

Is there an explanation for this
association of which any of you might 
be aware?

Matthew T. Kapstein
Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies
The University of Chicago Divinity School

Directeur d'études
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris

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