An etymology

Dr. Maria Schetelich maschet at RZ.UNI-LEIPZIG.DE
Tue Apr 17 20:01:06 UTC 2001


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Von: Peter Claus <pclaus at CSUHAYWARD.EDU>
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Datum: Dienstag, 17. April 2001 16:13
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>Members,
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>I know this is not the usual kind of request we like to consider, and
>it's not particularly important even to me, but ...
>
>I am trying to figure out (or beyond, I guess) the etymology of the word
>for puppet (doll, effigy, image): 'bombe' (Kannada and Tulu), pommai
>(Ta), bomma (Te and Ma). Burrow and Emeneau give cognates with Kolami
>and Parji referring to the eye, eyeball. But somehow the word doesn't
>seem to me to be "very Dravidian." Does anyone on the list know of any
>possible connections with words in other Indian language families? Or
>outside of India? What words in other Indian languages refer to "dolls",
>clay images, wooden figures, and the like? (other than muurthi)
>
>Peter Claus
> Dear Peter, it might be too far- fetched a reference but in Italian there
is bambola for "doll", from bambino "small child", bambina "small girl".
Maria



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