[INDOLOGY] Prādyuṇaka/-ika

Martin Gansten martingansten at gmail.com
Thu May 19 17:47:54 UTC 2022

Oh dear, you're absolutely right, Madhav -- but with regard to the 
Halāyudhakośa (which I saw in a poor-quality PDF of a printed edition 
and obviously misread) rather than to the manuscripts in question. I 
have two for this particular verse; here is the one with the more 
legible handwriting:

This matches the way the scribe writes द्य in other places as well. 
Thanks for setting me straight, although that means I'm back to square 
one: the text almost certainly does mean to say prādyuṇika (or -aka), 
but what does it mean? 'Guest' doesn't really fit anyway; from the 
context as well as the Arabic original, it should relate to something 
everyday or frequently recurring, to contrast with 'special occasions' 
like weddings (and, in the Arabic, circumcisions).

Best wishes,

Den 2022-05-19 kl. 17:31, skrev Madhav Deshpande:
> Hello Martin,
>      I wonder if the reading prādyuṇika is actually a misreading for 
> prāghuṇika/prāghuṇaka which refers to a visitor or guest, and has 
> Prakrit cognate in pāhuṇia, and pāhuṇā in Marathi. The characters द्य 
> and घ can often be misread in manuscripts. Best,
> Madhav
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
> Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 
> India
> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
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