potetjp POTETJP at
Sat Mar 25 19:11:28 UTC 2000

In the Spanish-Tagalog part of  Noceda & Sanlucar's  dictionary (1860: 452),
one finds the following entry.
"BRACMAN. Pari ó filosofong maronong nang manga tagalog sa una." [Pári' ó
pilúsupó-ng marúnong nang mangá Tagálog sa úna.] = Brahmin. A priest or
philosopher formerly known among the Tagalogs.
1) This gloss implies that some Tagalogs were Hinduists when the Spaniards
conquered Manila in  1571.
Does anybody know of any concurring piece of evidence concerning the
Tagalogs? All we have at the moment is a handful of crude statuettes and
medallions found in the South, far from Luzon (see Juan R. FRANCISCO (1971).
_The Philippines and India_. Mandaluyong: Premium Printing Press, Inc.).
2) The Tagalog-Spanish part holds no equivalent of _bracman_, *balacman, or
_brahman_, *balaman.
So how can these priests might have been called by the Tagalogs?
3) _Bracmán_ is the old Spanish form. The modern one is _brahmán_.
Where on earth can this C /k/ come from? Not from Arabic, where the terms is
Any idea?
Jean-Paul G. Potet

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