Re: [tied] Out of Bharat Theory (OBT)

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 17699
Date: 2003-01-16

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Subject: Re: [tied] Out of Bharat Theory (OBT)

> Just curious -- Has any I.E. (or other for that matter) etymology for 'Bharat' been suggested?

One possible source of <bharata-> that suggests itself immediately is *bHer-eto-s from the root *bHer- (Skt. {bHR-}) 'bear' (also 'hold, support, maintain, cherish'), cf. the related abstract neuter <bHaras-> (*bHer-es-) 'bearing, cherishing'. <bharata-> occurs in the Rigveda as one of Agni's epithets, but most importantly as a tribal (and royal) name.