From: Piotr Gasiorowski
----- Original Message -----From: m_orelskaya@...Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2000 7:37 AMSubject: [tied] Re: The Birds - etymology foundThey are not the original characters of Slavic mythology then?
All these birds are found in the old Russian literary
source "Golubinaya kniga" and in the Slavic myths as reconstructed by
A.Asov. I am interested in the etymology of the names themselves. It
appears to me that while some of them are possibly corrupt Greek
words (alkonost - halcyon, finist - phoenix etc.), the others could
be of Slavic origin (stratim (which is also called nogai/nagai),
mogol, gamayun). What would experts in the Slav languages say?
Dr Marina Orelskaya
c/o Department of Sanskrit
and Prakrit Languages,
University of Pune,