lion - "five-faced"
aklujkar at INTERCHANGE.UBC.CA
Mon Jan 13 18:48:50 EST 2003
There has been some interesting discussion on pa;ncaanana in Marathi between
Professors M.A. Mehendale and M.G. Dhadphale. I cannot locate it at present,
nor remember its precise content. The inquirer could contact both scholars
at the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune 411 004.
In the meanwhile, I will simply observe that pa;nca could be connected to
the root pa;nc that is found in words such as prapa;nca and must have some
such sense as 'expand, proliferate.'
On 2003-01-10 06:13, "Madhav Deshpande" <mmdesh at UMICH.EDU> wrote:
> V.S.Apte's dictionary explains paJcaanana referring to a lion as paJcam
> aananam yasya, "so called because its mouth is generally wide-open." It also
> lists paJca in the sense of "spread, extended," though the only cited
> instances of this word are in compounds like paJcaanana.
> Madhav Deshpande
>> From: Eva De Clercq
>> Reply To: Indology
>> Sent: Friday, January 10, 2003 8:28 AM
>> To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
>> Subject: lion - "five-faced"
>> Do any of you have any references to why a lion is often called "five-
>> faced", paJcànana?
>> Eva De Clercq
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