|Subject:||Re: Any readers of Devanagari here?|
|Author:||তন্ময় ভট (guest)|
|Date:||February 26, 2009 at 9:43:17 PM|
|Reply to:||Re: Any readers of Devanagari here? by তন্ময় ভট|
sura (with a schwa like the first sound in about at the end) means god: again the etymology is unclear. It may be a backformation from asura (powerful) which had at some point developed a negative connotation, or it may have something to do with words like svar for bright. (The verbal root sur, to lord, is probably a nominative.) surendra is the chief amongst gods, and is a common term for indra, and has been long used as a name. (Hows that for a recursive use of indra?)
surA (with a long open A as in car), on the other hand is derived from su (originally meaning to press out, but from its specialization of pressing out a religiously important drink soma form a plant, also later meant to prepare drinks, i.e. to distill) and does indeed mean alcohol. surendra can technically, therefore, also mean ultimate possessor of alcohol. In fact, mythology did connect surA and sura: the story goes that the sura were rather fond of surA, and that's how they got their name.
sura also means a musical tone (should properly be svara) ultimately from svR, related to the Indoeuropean root of swarm. surendra has occasionally also been used to mean the ultimate possesor of musical talent.
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