Re: [tied] Re: Parvati

From: Dennis King
Message: 3940
Date: 2000-09-20

Glen Gordon wrote:

> What about Sarasvati then? In a same book, I saw
> Parvati meaning "She of the Mountain" and then Sarasvati meaning something
> different, "Flowing Water". What's up? Using the same analogy as Sarasvati,
> we would get Par-vati meaning "Fire Water". Speak to me.

No you wouldn't. To begin with -vatî has nothing to do with water.
Sarasvatî is a transparent compound of saras (pool) and the common
feminine adjectival suffix -vatî, yielding "female/feminine someone
or something that has pools", or "pool-possessor, fem. gender", in
this case the river Sarasvatî and the goddess.

Dennis King