Aśokan salavaḍhi. New insights on the meaning of sala - Andrea Farina, Alessandro Giudice - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Aevum Vita e Pensiero

Aśokan salavaḍhi. New insights on the meaning of sala

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New insights on the meaning of sala
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Rivista AEVUM
Fascicolo AEVUM - 2022 - 1
Titolo Aśokan salavaḍhi. New insights on the meaning of sala
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Editore Vita e Pensiero
Formato Articolo | Pdf
Online da 04-2022
Doi 10.26350/000193_000125
Issn 0001-9593 (stampa) | 1827-787X (digitale)
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This work focuses on the Skt. word lying behind sala-1 in the compound salavaḍhi, which occurs three times in Aśoka’s Rock Edict XII. We analyze each sound of the word sala- and  show that it corresponds to Skt. śāla-, “the Śal tree”. Then, we account for the meaning of sala- in the compound salavaḍhi and in the more general context of the edict. We conclude that sala- metaphorically means “wholesome qualities”, as a result of the Buddhist semantic association between sala-, “the Śal tree” and kuśala-, “wholesome (quality)”.

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Aśokan edicts, Prakrit inscriptions, Buddhism, semantics, tree metaphors.

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