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.


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.