[INDOLOGY] Kept women?

Martin Gansten martin.gansten at pbhome.se
Mon Feb 13 16:18:59 UTC 2017

In an astrological text I have come across several instances of the 
compounds /dhṛtastrī/ and /dhṛtabhāryā/, which are new to me and which I 
have been unable to find in dictionaries. From the context it seems 
possible that the phrases could refer to a mistress, quite literally a 
'kept woman'. Can anyone confirm or correct this suspicion?

Thanks in advance,
Martin Gansten

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