[INDOLOGY] A distraction fom the Coronavirus

Dan Lusthaus prajnapti at gmail.com
Sun Mar 29 16:47:20 EDT 2020


Just curiosity speaking. If the current Hindi term for medical masks is चिकित्सा मास्क (is that right?), and avaguṇṭhana seems to indicate a veil more than an actual mask, and a वर्णिका seems restricted to the sort of masks used by actors, does that mean there is no classical Sanskrit term for the generic sense of mask? What do various Indian languages call the masks worn by superheroes?

Curious Dan

> On Mar 29, 2020, at 3:47 PM, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> 
> Dear Christian,
> 
>      This is truly beautiful. Not exactly a mask, but covering one's face or head is referred to as अवगुण्ठन. Keep on writing. 
> 
> Madhav M. Deshpande
> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
> 
> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
> 
> 
> On Sun, Mar 29, 2020 at 11:53 AM Christian Ferstl <christian.ferstl at univie.ac.at <mailto:christian.ferstl at univie.ac.at>> wrote:
> A face mask would seem odd in Dandaka forest, wouldn't it?
> 
> प्रावृट्काल इवाकाले मेघगूढं सुधाकरम्  ।
> सीताया राघवो ऽपश्यच् छादने पिहिताननम् ॥
> 
> As if it was the Moon hidden behind the clouds in an unseasonable 
> monsoon,
> Rama beheld Sitas face concealed by a mask.
> 
> Christian Ferstl
> 
> 
> Am 29.03.2020 15:33, schrieb Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY:
> > A distraction from the Coronavirus
> > 
> > असिनापि न ते कर्णौ नासिकां
> > वा स्पृशाम्यहम् ।
> > 
> > कोरोनानिर्गमादूर्ध्वं
> > पुनरागमनं कुरु ।।
> > 
> > Lakshmana said to Shurpanakha: “O Shurpanakha, I am not going to
> > touch your nose and ears even with my sword. Come back after the
> > Coronavirus goes away.”
> > 
> > Madhav M. Deshpande
> > Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
> > University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
> > Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
> > 
> > [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
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