Jonathan Silk kauzeya at gmail.com
Thu May 23 11:14:50 UTC 2013

I find an old note that

Karve 1943-1944: 71 has remarked on the uses of *mātṛ* and *ambā* for both
natural mother and step-mother in the *Mahābhārata*

Karve, Irawati. 1943-1944. “Kinship Terms and the Family Organization as
Found in the Critical Edition of the Mahābhārata.” *Bulletin of the Deccan
College Research Institute* 5: 61-148..

On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 1:01 PM, SOMDEV VASUDEVA <somadevah at mac.com> wrote:

> It is probably worth noting that the Nāṭyaśāstra’s chapter 19.21–29, which
> lists stereotypically acceptable terms of address for women, does not
> include mātṛ. It does include ambā, but only to address an elderly lady
> (vṛddhā).
> Best
> Somadeva Vasudeva
> On May 23, 2013, at 6:04 AM, Howard Resnick <hr at IVS.EDU> wrote:
> > Do we know the history of the Hindu custom of addressing women as  mAtA
> or mAtAji?
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J. Silk
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