Re: [tied] Neptune, Poseidon, Danu, etc.

From: João S. Lopes Filho
Message: 7804
Date: 2001-07-05

I see in Poseidon the following traits:

1) PIE "Son of Waters" - ruler of Underground waters
2) PIE "Wind God" - violent, linked to horses cf. Vayu (with horse symbolism
transferred to Vivasvat), Boreas, Thorr
3) Mediterranean "Wind God", cf. Typhon, Seth
4) "Pelasgian" Serpent-God, Great Goddess' consort, casted below cf.
Ophioneus, Kekrops, Erikhthon, Hephaistos (some traits), Serpent of Eden
5) Male Animal-Man, Mother Goddess' serpent cf. Shiva, Cernunnos, Dagda,
Dionysos, Hermes, Osiris (?)
6) (guess) Male consort (or brother) of PIE earth-Goddess cf. Lithuanian
Zemes Patis, ON Fjoergunn, Tellumus

Joao S Lopes
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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From: S.Kalyanaraman <kalyan97@...>
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Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2001 10:53 AM
Subject: Re: [tied] Neptune, Poseidon, Danu, etc.

> --- In cybalist@..., "Piotr Gasiorowski" <gpiotr@...> wrote:>
> Archaic versions of Poseidon's name include uncontracted
> <poseidao:n>, <poteidawo:n>, <poti:dao:n> and the like.
> >
> > My own view, BTW, is that the "PIE word" in question, insofar as it
> is reconstructable at all, is *d(a)h2nu-s ('[big] river'?) with the
> adjectival derivative *dah2neu-jo-s. I'm rather sceptical of deriving
> too much from it.
> Pardon me if I go over ground already covered. I will cite the
> Sanskrit lexemes and tradition of India which gives two distinct
> streams of semantics related to danu, da_nu.
> One is clearly relatable to (big) river if the following lexeme is
> relevant: da_nu = a fluid, drop, dew (Sanskrit).
> In the context of da_nava in opposition to deva, here are some
> cognate lexical entries, again from Sanskrit:
> da_nu = victor, conqueror, valiant; a class of demons
> danu = daughter of Daks.a, mother of da_nava-s. danu is also the name
> of a son of s'ri_ (also called da_nava, originally very handsome, but
> changed into a monster by Indra for having offended him.
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