[INDOLOGY] a question regarding the usage of -gotra versus -sagotra
mmdesh at umich.edu
Mon Jan 2 19:31:09 UTC 2017
I am forwarding a question from a friend of mine, for which I do not
have a clear answer:
I thought you might have a quick answer to this question. When mentioning
gotras, one sees "Visvāmitra gotra", but also "Ātreyasa gotra", and
Since the ṛṣis in the two latter cases are Atri and Kasyapa, it would
appear that the corresponding gotras should be "Ātreya" and "Kāsyapa",
without the "sa" suffix. (Indeed, one also sees "Ātreya gotra", and
Is it the case that the correct terms are "Ātreya sagotra", and "Kāsyapa
sagotra", and the conventional usage is simply an incorrect parsing?
However, this would require "Visvāmitra sagotra", which one does not see.
Or is there something more to it than that?
Why would someone be referred to as Viśvāmitra-gotra, but others as
Ātreya-sagotra or Kāśyapa-sagotra? I will appreciate a clarification.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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