[INDOLOGY] What is a mana ?

Francois Voegeli francois.voegeli at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 07:37:59 UTC 2014

May I  also draw attention to a recently published (very) rich study on the architecture and function of the Nambudiri Manas: 

Henri Schildt, The Traditional Kerala Manor: Architecture of A South Indian Catuḥśāla House, EFEO 2012 


Dr F. Voegeli

On 10 nov. 2014, at 21:18, Nagaraj Paturi <nagarajpaturi at gmail.com> wrote:

> The following is not in dispute with any of the Vedic cultural implications of various kinds of Manas and the related significance of the microfilms.
> This is limited only to the word 'mana' , its etymology as a Dravidian word.
> DED entry from he online DED is as follows:
> 4776 Ta. maṉai
> 4776 Ta. maṉai house, dwelling, mansion, house-site, a land measure, wife, family, household, domestic life; maṉaiyāḷ, maṉaiyōḷ wife; maṉaivi wife, heroine of a pastoral or agricultural tract, female owner or resident of a house. Ma. mana house; brahman's wife. Ko. mantanm affairs of household; man devr household god. To. man family, household. Ka. mane habitation, abode, house, apartment, room; manetana, mantana household, household life; manetanasta householder, a worthy, honourable man. Koḍ. mane house; maneka·rë man of a house. Tu. manè house, home; manetana household. Konḍa poṇḍeŋ mane cowshed (cf. 4500). Cf. 4778 Ta. maṉṉu. DED(S) 3911.
> This entry does not mention the Telugu verb manu = to live, to survive .
>  Kannada mane and Malayaalam manaTamil mania etc. seem to be related to this root  manu= to live. 
> -- 
> Prof.Nagaraj Paturi
> Hyderabad-500044
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