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Khanizadeh, Mehrbod (2024) 'On the etymology of the Avestan personal name pourušaspa-.' Iran and the Caucasus, 28 (1). pp. 72-86.

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Abstract

This article discusses the formation and meaning of the Avestan personal name of Zarathuštra’s father, pourušaspa-. Taking side with the current scholarly view on the etymology and meaning of the word, i.e., *pourušāspa- → pourušaspa- ‘one who has grey horses’, it is argued here that the shortening of the vowel can be explained by an analogical model in Wištāsp Yašt 1.2, where pourušaspa- m. is described as pouru.aspa- ‘having many horses’. The article also challenges the view that Wištāsp Yašt 1.2 is a recent text.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Avestan phonology; Avestan written tradition; pourušaspa; Iranian onomastics; Zoroastrianism
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
ISSN: 1573384X
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1163/1573384X-02801006
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2024 18:21
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/41269

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