Re: Persians, Essenes, and Biconsonantal Roots
|From:||BP Jonsson <bpj@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, August 5, 2000, 10:07|
At 18:44 04.8.2000 -0400, Steg Belsky wrote:
>Okay, all these technical Zoroastrian terms are really confusing
>me....especially since i have a (Jewish) Persian friend named Bahman,
>which is supposed to be the name of the Persian month he was born in.
Fine, since the months were named after Zian deities! Bahman is the Middle
Persian (aka Pehlevi) reflex of Avestan Vohu Manah 'Good Mind', which is
one of the Seven Holy Immortals. The name is incidentally cognate to the
Greek name Eumenes (Eume:ne:s). It has probably been born by mortals since
IE times! As it happens I know one Muslim and one Xian Bahman, and my Zian
friend Khosru has a brother called Bahman, so the name seems pretty
ecumenic (thanks to Omar Khaiyam it seems!)
BTW I also use Bahman to translate my first name, which is from Latin
Benedictus, of (very) roughly the same meaning.
B.Philip Jonsson mailto:bpX@netg.se mailto:melrochX@mail.com (delete X)
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