[INDOLOGY] Death's Footprint

Dipak Bhattacharya dipak.d2004 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 6 17:16:49 UTC 2016

*pada* may mean ‘place, station’.

There is a discussion on pāda/pada by Renou. Unfortunately I cannot go into
the details immediately. But I remember that it occurred either in the
Introduction Générale AiG I 1957 or in ‘Notes sur la version “Paippalāda”
de l’Atharvaveda’ *Journal Asiatique* 1964, 421-450. I may give further
information later.



On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 10:05 PM, Jarrod Whitaker <whitakjl at wfu.edu> wrote:

> Colleagues:
> Has anyone written on the phrase mr̥tyóḥ padám (mr.tyo'h. pada'm) in the
> RV and AV (or later texts)? My cursory search has come up short.
> Does death leave a footprint behind (possessive or subjective genitive)?
> Or are the footprints left by the living for death to follow (objective
> genitive)? The latter seems to be the reasonable conclusion, but it's not
> evident in the genitive phrase. The phrase appears in the RV's funeral hymn
> (10.18.2), where the living wipe out "death's footprint" when they return
> home, which suggests they erase their own trail so death can't follow
> them,  but in stanza 1 death is banished along his own
> faraway/distant/remote path (which is different to the gods), which
> suggests that death does follow (and leave?) his own footprints or trail.
> Perhaps it's some kind of "plenary" genitive indicating both
> possibilities...
> Happy New Year!
> JW
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