[INDOLOGY] Question about a Pali name

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Sat Jan 9 14:12:05 UTC 2016

Dear Colleagues,

     In the Pali canonical literature, we come across the word "Mantānī" as
the name of a Brahmin woman.  Her husband is "Gagga", which can be easily
traced to Sanskrit "Garga".  I have been wondering about the Sanskrit
counterpart of the name "Mantānī".  If one assumes something like
"Mantrāṇī" in (vernacular?) Sanskrit, that would correspond to Pali
"Mantānī".  The other possibility I was thinking is if Skt. Maitrāyaṇī may
be the counterpart for Pali "Mantānī".   I am not sure about this
alternative, since Skt. "maitra" would correspond to Pali "metta".   The
Pali expression "Mantānīputta" occurs as a characterization of two
individuals, i.e. Aṅgulimāla and Aññākoṇḍañña.  If these twp figures appear
in Sanskrit Buddhist literature, there is a possibility of finding a
Buddhist Sanskrit expression corresponding to Pali "Mantānīputta".  I would
appreciate any suggestions/explanations/conjectures.  Thanks in advance.

Madhav M. Deshpande
Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
202 South Thayer Street, Suite 6111
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608, USA

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