[INDOLOGY] Etymology of Mukunda

Harry Spier hspier.muktabodha at gmail.com
Sun Jun 3 15:06:16 UTC 2018

Thank you Madhav,

You mention aravinda as possibly non-indo-european.  Does that also apply
to govinda?
Monier-Williams has govinda as go-vinda with vinda ifc as "finding".  But I
vaguely recall (though I can't find it anymore) that MacDonells or Whitneys
grammar   had a footnote somewhere that the etymology of govinda was
uncertain and that it might be from go+indra through the prakrit.

Harry Spier

On Sun, Jun 3, 2018 at 9:36 AM, Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:

> I was under the impression that words like Mukunda, Aravinda, Maranda,
> Mucakunda were historically of non-Indo-European origin.  Did Michael
> Witzel write something about such words?  Trying to remember.  Best,
> Madhav Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus
> Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan
> On Sun, Jun 3, 2018 at 6:10 AM, Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>> Dear list members,
>> Can someone give the etymology of mukunda?
>> Is the information in Monier-Williams under "muku" a folk-etymology?
>> muku = mukti (a word formed to explain mukun-da as "giver of liberation")
>> Thanks,
>> Harry Spier
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