[INDOLOGY] Iti praancah

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Sun Jan 25 15:38:00 UTC 2015

In the sense of "earlier authors", the word prāñcaḥ is very frequent in
Sanskrit grammatical commentaries.

Madhav Deshpande

On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 7:56 PM, Rosane Rocher <rrocher at sas.upenn.edu>

>  It does indeed mean "so say earlier authors."
> Rosane Rocher
> On 1/25/15 9:19 AM, Martin Gansten wrote:
> In a technical section of an astrological text (Balabhadra's Hāyanaratna)
> I just came across the expression iti prāñcaḥ, which I don't recall
> seeing before and couldn't find in Tubb and Boose's otherwise excellent Scholastic
> Sanskrit. Am I right in thinking that it means something like 'so say
> earlier [authors]'?
> A quick web search for the phrase returned seven hits, one of which
> (Annambhaṭṭa's Tarksaṃgraha
> <http://gretil.sub.uni-goettingen.de/gretil/1_sanskr/6_sastra/3_phil/nyaya/antsdi_u.htm>)
> does seem to contrast prāñcaḥ with navīnāḥ, in support of my conjecture;
> but the others were inconclusive. An old blog post
> <http://elisafreschi.blogspot.se/2008/12/longer-discussions-on-arthabhvan-in-bha.html>
> showed that at least I'm not alone in wondering about it.
> Any clarifications or corrections would be much appreciated.
> Martin Gansten
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Madhav M. Deshpande
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