Re: [INDOLOGY] Saṃmatu

Martin Gansten martingansten at
Fri Jul 3 08:27:34 UTC 2020

Dear Daniel,

I think it is unquestionably an /u/ -- I'll try attaching the relevant 
page to this message. Whether it is a scribal error is, of course, 
difficult to say, but it doesn't look anything like a virāma, and I 
haven't seen other such mistakes in this particular manuscript (at least 
not yet). I'm rather inclined at present to regard it as a kind of 


Den 2020-07-03 kl. 09:57, skrev Dániel Balogh via INDOLOGY:
> Dear Martin, have you considered the possibility that the sign you 
> read as u at the end is A) in fact a virāma; or B) a scribal error for 
> what was meant to be a virāma? Given that it is a north Indian 
> manuscript, a Telugu-ish ending seems unlikely as you say. I am sure I 
> have seen "saṃvat" written (on a copper plate in Nagari) with a virāma 
> that looked very much like an u. I have no particular recollection of 
> ever seeing saṃmat instead of saṃvat, but it saṃmat would not be a 
> strange development.
> Daniel

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