Sanskrit and Prakrit pāmara

Wojtilla, Gyula (2018) Sanskrit and Prakrit pāmara. Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 71 (1). pp. 99-110. ISSN 0001-6446


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Sanskrit pāmara and its Prakrit and Modern Indo-Aryan equivalents have a broad semantic field. The meaning of the word ranges from a very negative connotation “a low man”, “an outcast”, “a fool” to a positive term denoting a peasant who is a member of a rural community with full powers. The present paper explores the various shades of meaning of the word and their possible social background. The term first appeared in early mediaeval times and has remained productive in the various Modern Indo-Aryan languages spoken in India. The negative connotations of the word are typical of traditional Sanskrit lexicons, while the positive ones were used by poets and playwrights.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World / történelem > D0 History (General) / történelem általában
P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom
Depositing User: Ágnes Sallai
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2018 08:02
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 23:16

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