[INDOLOGY] The Sun as the "21st"

Gaia Pintucci gaiapintucci at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 11:01:16 UTC 2016

 At the first Coffee Break Conference held in 2010 in Rome a talk on "Triḥ
Sapta and Ekaviṃśati in the Vedic Literature" was given by Luca Picardi,
here you find the abstract on p. 85 (the proceedings might be available as
Maybe it is of help.

Best wishes,

Gaia Pintucci, M.A.
Universität Hamburg (currently Guest Resarch Associate at Kyoto University)
Abt. für Kultur und Geschichte Indiens und Tibets
Doktorandenkolleg Geisteswissenschaften
Hamburg (Germany)
gaiapintucci at gmail.com

On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 6:28 PM, James Hartzell <james.hartzell at gmail.com>

> Dear Colleagues
> I’ve come across two references in the Brāhmaṇas to the Sun as ‘the
> twenty-first’ –
> ŚB …” It (the plate) is round, for he (the Sun) is round. It has
> twenty-one knobs, for he is the twenty-first. He wears it with the knobs
> outside, for the knobs are his (the Sun's) rays, and his rays are outside."
> (Eggeling 1894:265),”
> and
> AB 4.18: "They perform the ceremonies of the Ekaviṃśa day, which is the
> equator, dividing the year (into two equal parts). By means of the
> performance of this day, the gods had raised the Sun up to the heavens.
> This Ekaviṃśa day on which the Divākīrtya mantra (was produced) is preceded
> by ten days, and followed by ten days, and is in the midst (of both
> periods). On both sides it is thus put in a Virāṭ: (the number ten). Being
> thus put in a Virāṭ (in the number ten) on both sides, this (Ekaviṃśa, i.e.
> the Sun) becomes not disturbed in his course through these worlds." (Haug
> 1977:288-289).
> Does anyone have other references to the Sun as the 21st, and any other
> explanations for this other than these two Brahmana explanations?
> Cheers
> James Hartzell, PhD(2x)
> Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC)
> The University of Trento, Italy
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