[INDOLOGY] yāvantaḥ kiyantaḥ

Hock, Hans Henrich hhhock at illinois.edu
Thu Dec 14 17:47:54 UTC 2023

Dear Herman,

The construction looks similar to the Sanskrit type yat kiṁ ca(na)/cid/api ‘whatever', except that the ca (etc.) is missing. Could the construction be read along these lines as ‘however many’?

Best wishes,

Hans Henrich

On Dec 14, 2023, at 11:31, Tieken, H.J.H. (Herman) via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

Dear list members,

In the Āyāraṃgasutta a phrase is found corresponding to Skt yāvantaḥ kiyantaḥ. MW gives as its meaning "as many as". I am not a native speaker of English, but as far as I know this phrase is specifically used with numbers ("as many as a hundred people ...). In the passage concerned there is no number. It functions as a subject to either a verb meaning "they commit violence" or nouns/adjectives like araṃbhajīvī and pariggahāvaṃtī.
MW refers to TBr, without, however, a place or an example.
I hope someone on the list can provide me with an (or the) example from the TBr or any other text.

With kind regards, Herman

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