[INDOLOGY] Renou's study on purISa

Jan E.M. Houben jemhouben at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 14:36:40 UTC 2022

Dear François,
Mayrhofer (1926-2011), on p. 310-311 of his KEWA vol. II (1963), refers to
two places where Louis Renou (1896-1966) discussed púrīṣa:
Journal Asiatique 1939 p. 387ff and Etudes Védiques et Paninéennes 4 (1958)
On p. 148 of his EWAIA vol. II (1996), Mayrhofer again refers to a later
publication of Renou that appeared posthumously:  EVP XVI (1967) p. 87,
At both these places, Renou refers back to his own article entitled púrīṣa
-- I think this is finally the study you had in mind -- in IIJ 4 (1960) p.
It is no doubt surprising that under the lemma púrīṣa Mayrhofer did not
refer to this 1960 detailed study by Renou directly, but only to the two
very brief 1967 references to it.
In any case we may infer from these later references that the conclusion of
this article remained Renou's final view:
"Avant donc d'imaginer une acception toute nouvelle pour les emplois
rgvédiques, il nous semble plus raisonnable d'y reconnaître une utilisation
poétique, une transposition des valeurs telles que nous les constations
dans la littérature rituelle.
("Before imagining an entirely new meaning for the Rgvedic uses [of
púrīṣa], it seems to us more reasonable to recognize in them a poetic use,
a transposition of values such as we have observed in the ritual literature
[Brāhmaṇas, Śrautasūtras etc. discussed in the article].")
On the basis of Renou's 1960 study several of the translations of púrīṣa,
purīṣín, and, once, purīṣyà, in the RV translation by Jamison-Renou 2014
need to be reconsidered.
All best,

On Mon, 14 Mar 2022 at 18:12, François Voegeli via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear All,
> Renou wrote a study on purISa but I don't remember where and when.
> Does anyone has the references of this study? A pdf welcomed.
> Thanks in advance,
> François Voegeli
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