Walter Slaje walter.slaje at gmail.com
Sat Dec 30 08:15:58 UTC 2023

Dear Martin,

have you considered that mahaṃ is used as an abbreviation for mahaṃtaka and
mahattara/mahattama, "an honorific term prefixed to the name of a
respectable man; lit. „a great or elderly man“? Cp. NWS s.v. maha and mahaṃ
for further references.

This would leave us with Samarasiṃha (not the common Amarasiṃha) as a
personal name, a "lion in battle".

Would that be conceivable?

Warm wishes,

Am Fr., 29. Dez. 2023 um 19:28 Uhr schrieb Martin Gansten via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info>:

> In a 13th-century text from the western or northwestern part of the Indian
> subcontinent, the following colophons occur after the first and second
> part, respectively:
> iti śrīprāgvāṭānvayakumārasiṃhātmajasamarasiṃhasamuddhṛta- [...]
> iti prāgvāṭānvayakumārasiṃhātmaja*mahaṃ*samarasiṃhena
> tājikasiddhāṃtoddhṛte [...]
> It is the underlined *mahaṃ* of the second colophon that particularly
> interests me. As it occurs in both the MSS of this (rare) text available to
> me, it seems unlikely to be a scribal error, but I have little idea as to
> its meaning and wonder whether it might be a vernacular/regional title,
> place name, or personal name, perhaps giving a clue as to the more precise
> place of origin. As can be seen, the author identifies as a member of the
> Prāgvāṭa or Porwal community. Any suggestions/information would be most
> appreciated.
> Best wishes,
> Martin Gansten
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