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Here is one “myth” concerning Pāṇini.
Pañcatantra 2,35 has preserved a tradtion, according to which Pāṇini was killed by a lion (and Jaimini by a elephant and Piṅgala by a crocodile):
siṃho vyākaraṇasya kartur aharat prāṇān priyān pāṇiner
mīmāṃsākṛtam unmamātha sahasā hastī muniṃ jaiminim |
chandojñānanidhiṃ jaghāna makaro velātaṭe piṅgalam
ajñānāvṛtacetasām atiruṣā ko 'rthas tiraścāṃ guṇaiḥ ||Panc_2.35||
> On 13 Sep 2021, at 21.54, Jim Ryan via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Victor, Guy, Dan,
> Thanks for your responses. I, of course, was looking for possible “pseudo-etymologies” for the name “Pāṇini,” thinking there may be one (or more) like there is for Patañjali (the yogin). But, interestingly, conditioned by my teacher some years ago, Frances Wilson, I always go first to Apte’s dictionary. Frances disdained Monier-Williams because it gave the words in transliteration and not in Devanāgarī! Apte in this case was unhelpful. I usually, anyway, always look at Monier-Williams aside Apte for things, as both dictionaries contain items the other doesn’t. But, obviously, I didn’t do my back-up work in this case.
> Still wondering if there may be mythological stories about Pāṇini and, now, his family line. A double patronymic. Would this mean then, that his grandfather is Pāṇin?
> Victor, some of what you’ve posted I cant’ decipher because I don’t know Pānini well enough, his “code-words” for forms and categories. But part of it, seems to basically spell out what Guy and Dan were pointing out, it seems.
>> On Sep 12, 2021, at 12:30 PM, victor davella <vbd203 at googlemail.com <mailto:vbd203 at googlemail.com>> wrote:
>> Dear Jim,
>> I've pasted below two derivations given in commentaries to the Prakriyākaumudī or Rāmacandra; the first is by Viṭṭhala in his Prasāda (p. 3 of the first volume) and the second (spanning two portions) is by Kṛṣṇa Śeṣa in his Prakāśa (pp. 8ff. of the first volume). The former text can be downloaded here <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1YrjVLXHkqneSwwEjNzWK2vx_CNfA-sHn?usp=sharing>. The latter, here <https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1NysQ-LteMaqetcAjSKp3QnnxbxOLyLYU?usp=sharing>. Hope that's helpful.
>> All the Best,
>> On Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM Jim Ryan via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
>> I'm curious if there are any creative etymologies or mythological explanations for the name “Pāṇini.” I don’t recall encountering any over the years. The word itself seems to be neuter in gender (if we assume an “in” suffix) and therefore somewhat unusual in designating a person.
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