Monday, 17 November 2008

nirvana and Odin

The Proto-Indo-European root is *h₂weh₁- "to blow". In Sanskrit, it became वा "to blow". This combined with nis, nir "out, forth, away" to form निर्वाण nirvāṇa "a blowing out, extinction, bliss, nirvana".

The related form *h₂weh₁-t- "blow, inspire, spiritually arouse" became Proto-Germanic *wōđ-enaz one of the chief gods. In Old Norse it was Óðinn, borrowed into English as Odin. The Old English form, Wōden, is found in Wednesday.

2 comments :

vp said...

It could just be my browser, but it looks as if you omitted the "va" character from your Devanagari for "nirvana".

goofy said...

looks ok to me.