[INDOLOGY] The Sun as the "21st"

Walter Slaje slaje at kabelmail.de
Sat Mar 19 07:20:07 UTC 2016

 Dear Luis,

the translational usage of "equator" ("dividing the year (into two equal
parts)") in contexts related to uttarāyaṇa and dakṣiṇāyana is generally
short for "celestial equator".
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solstice.


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2016-03-18 23:44 GMT+01:00 Luis Gonzalez-Reimann <reimann at berkeley.edu>:

> 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."
> Luis
> _____
> 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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