[INDOLOGY] The Sun as the "21st"

Luis Gonzalez-Reimann reimann at berkeley.edu
Fri Mar 18 22:44:04 UTC 2016

Dear James,

Although this isn't the subject of your question, I think it is 
important to consider that the Ekaviṃśa day in the AB is quite certainly 
the summer solstice, and not the "equator."


On 3/18/2016 2:28 AM, James Hartzell wrote:
> 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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