[INDOLOGY] Iti praancah
rajam at earthlink.net
Sun Jan 25 20:08:51 UTC 2015
"So say earlier authors/learned-ones" is a very common expression in the earliest Tamil grammatical works. In fact, it is used to distinguish between what was traditional and what was in vogue at the time of the grammatical work.
>From: Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu>
>Sent: Jan 25, 2015 7:38 AM
>To: Rosane Rocher <rrocher at sas.upenn.edu>
>Cc: "indology at list.indology.info" <indology at list.indology.info>
>Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Iti praancah
>In the sense of "earlier authors", the word prāñcaḥ is very frequent in
>Sanskrit grammatical commentaries.
>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
>> does seem to contrast prāñcaḥ with navīnāḥ, in support of my conjecture;
>> but the others were inconclusive. An old blog post
>> 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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