Hindu Worldview Through Folk Etymology in Vāyupurāṇa


It is noteworthy that some of the interesting characteristics in Indian texts are the way to see the world through folk-etymological analyses especially in Hinduism, which leads to the objective of this article: to study Hindu worldview in the text named Vāyupurāṇa (VP), one of the significantly early Śaiva Hindu texts. The research methodology is the folk etymological concept. The findings are as follows: VP reflects some natural perceptions by considering that each word in Sanskrit language has its root, which is the tiniest element. To consider the grammatical roots in each word is to understand the background of the world. In some cases, one word may be designated by many roots, contributed to the plausibility to understand the meaning of the same word in many ways and the text also does not claim which one is correct. The mentioned backgrounds are to be understood variously. Despite the sensible limits of human nature in ancient times and lack of reasonable linguistic consideration in the way that is acceptable in modern linguistic concept, it undeniably displays attempt to explain the world as understood. VP therefore is one of the texts to be regarded as Indian historical proofs of human imagination.

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Nawin Bosakaranat, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

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Conference: KAMC2023
Stream: Language and Cultural Studies

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Bosakaranat N. (2023) Hindu Worldview Through Folk Etymology in Vāyupurāṇa ISSN: 2436-0503 – The Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2023: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2436-0503.2023.6
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2436-0503.2023.6

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