Martin Gansten martingansten at gmail.com
Sat Dec 30 09:13:05 UTC 2023

Dear Walter,

That sounds eminently plausible; thank you very much. I wasn't aware of 
the NWS <https://nws.uzi.uni-halle.de/description?lang=en>, but will 
certainly add it to my list of resources. The name is indeed Samarasiṃha 
(or sometimes, metri causa, Smarasiṃha).

Best wishes,

Den 2023-12-30 kl. 09:15, skrev Walter Slaje:
> 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,
> Walter
> 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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