[INDOLOGY] Aśoka, Ashoka, Ahsoka

Charles DiSimone disimone at alumni.stanford.edu
Wed Oct 11 09:04:57 UTC 2023

Dear Herman Tieken,

I don't know if Ahsoka is related to Aśoka but there is a long history of
Sanskrit and related influence in Star Wars. I recell reading that Yoda
takes his name from yoddhṛ. The Duel of the Fates song from Episode 1 has
its chorus sung in (mangled) Sanskrit. Additionally, Tibetan and Kalmyk
were supposedly the inspiration, in part, of the language of the Ewoks.

With my best wishes,

Prof. Dr. Charles DiSimone
Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies
Department of Languages and Cultures
Ghent University

On Wed, Oct 11, 2023 at 9:44 AM Tieken, H.J.H. (Herman) via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear List members,
> I saw announced a sequel to Star Wars which features a character called
> Ahsoka. I am curious to know if this is a mangled version of Aśoka, via
> Ashoka (in Dutch papers the aspiration in the name Gandhi is often
> misplaced: Ghandi).
> with kind regards, Herman
> Herman Tieken
> Stationsweg 58
> 2515 BP Den Haag
> The Netherlands
> 00 31 (0)70 2208127
> website: hermantieken.com
> *The Aśoka Inscriptions: Analysing a corpus*, New Delhi: Primus Books,
> 2023.
> https://primusbooks.com/ancient/the-asoka-inscriptions-analysing-a-corpus-by-herman-tieken/
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