[INDOLOGY] Devanagari v and b in manuscripts from Kashmir

Howard Resnick hr at ivs.edu
Sat Feb 25 16:31:06 UTC 2023

In Bengali, and even in the standard Bengali-English Samsad dictionary, b and v are given as the same letter.

> On Feb 25, 2023, at 9:14 AM, Charles DiSimone via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear Harry Spier,
> I'm not sure when ba became a dedicated akṣara within the Devanāgarī script, but what you describe has been the norm for Brahmic script manuscript transmissions over history.
> All my best,
> Charles
> Dr. Charles DiSimone
> Department of Languages and Cultures
> Ghent University
> On Sat, Feb 25, 2023 at 2:57 PM Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
>> Dear list members,
>> I'm looking at a manuscript from the Ragunath Temple Sanskrit Manuscript Library, Jammu, j&K. The text is  ajñānadvāntadīpikā by somanātha
>> The link to the pdf on archive.org <http://archive.org/> is:
>> https://archive.org/download/AgyanDhvantaDeepikaShriSomnath4966Alm22Shlf4DevanagariTantra/Agyan%20Dhvanta%20Deepika%20-%20Shri%20Somnath_4966_Alm_22_Shlf_4_Devanagari-%20Tantra.pdf
>> Looking at the first few lines it looks to me like the scribe is using the devanagari letter  व for both व and ब.  Is that common practice in devanagari manuscripts from kashmir?
>> Thanks,
>> Harry Spier
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