[INDOLOGY] Anusvara plus nasal

Hartmut Buescher buescherhartmut at gmail.com
Tue Jun 10 10:29:16 UTC 2014

Dear Jacob,

likewise familiar with this orthographical phenomenon in Sanskrit Mss,
my guess is that,
although the scribes were necessarily influenced by the vernaculars,
and probably the more the less educated they were
– the phenomenon as such being long since known (as censurable),
as Stefan Baums and others perceptively pointed out – ,
the fact that its occurrence remains sporadically and rather associated with
specific scribes/Mss (say, rather than ever gaining broader general
and application) would nevertheless in principle support Dominik’s point
(given he may have exactly implied the scribes in their social context),
when he characterized this (in Skt. texts impertinent) orthographic feature
as “scribal carelessness”.

Fortsat god arbejdlyst,

Hartmut Buescher

2014-06-09 17:56 GMT+02:00 <jacob at fabularasa.dk>:

> Dear list,
> I wonder if anyone could explain the occurence in some Sanskrit
> manuscripts (possibly influenced by vernacularisms) of adding an anusvara
> before a nasal. I have attached three examples containing the following
> readings:
> Ex. 1: तंन् (तंम् before sandhi)
> Ex. 2: महाश्मशांने
> Ex. 3: दांन
> Any suggestions or clarifications would be greatly appreciated.
> Kind regards,
> Jacob
> Jacob Schmidt-Madsen
> Assistant Teacher
> Department of Indology
> University of Copenhagen
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