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Monday, May 19, 2003

Sanskrit Commentaries


Sanskrit literature is excellent. What's even better than the literature are the commentaries. Not just your everyday commentaries, they were designed for Indian language scholars as well, so double as thesauri. For instance, if the sentence in the text said, "The woman slugged the cat," the commentary would say, "woman, wench, girl, wife, slugged, hit, cat, feline, not-dog." Not extraordinarily useful if you have no vocabulary whatsoever, but quite good once you've got a bit.

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