[INDOLOGY] Female name Bhaayi?

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Sun Apr 23 15:33:16 UTC 2017

Place names like vāī < vāpī = step well are common  and are found in more
than one region of India. Its south Indian variant bāvi , bāyi, bāi, bāy is
found in a big number of place names, as the second/ending part, at least
in Telugu and Kannada speaking regions. For that matter, it is found even
in the form of vāyi in some south Indian place names.

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On Sun, Apr 23, 2017 at 8:04 PM, Martin Gansten <martingansten at gmail.com>

> Nagaraj wrote:
> I am sure, most of you must be aware of the female name ending bāī /bāyī/
> bāy /bā found in many contemporary northern particularly north-western
> languages.
> Pingree's version is possibly bāī >vāī, such a phonetic change b<>v being
> quite common many Indian languages.
> The bhāī version could possibly be a hyperstandardization or scribal
> error.
> Yes, this was one of the first thoughts to strike me. But *śrībhāyi* is
> used consistently at the end of each of the sixteen chapters; the -i is
> short, and surely the variation v<>bh is not very common, at least outside
> Bengal? (This is not my area of expertise, so I'm open to correction.)
> Also, if *bhāyi* is to be understood as a suffix, Śrī would have to be
> the mother's personal name. Not impossible, of course, but perhaps unusual?
> Madhav wrote:
> The town "Vāī" (वाई) is found in Maharashtra, a famous place near Satara,
> where many Sanskrit works like Dharmakośa were published.  Vai has been a
> well known center for Sanskrit scholarship and the home of the Prājña
> Pāṭhaśālā, which continues to function till today.
> Perhaps that is why Pingree homed in on it (though he explicitly says that
> Yādava lived in Gujarat).* It may have been one of his over-confident
> emendations. But even reading *vā[y]i* för *bhāyi* and *supure* for
> *suṣuve*, the *-nāmni* will be unmetrical and the first two pādas won't
> hang together, so I do think his suggested reading must be abandoned.
> (* I did try a web search for वाई गुजरात, but all I could find was
> वाई-फाई!)
> Martin

Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies

FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,

(Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )

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