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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. /BP 8^)> -- B.Philip Jonsson (delete X) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Truth, Sir, is a cow which will give [skeptics] no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull." -- Sam. Johnson (no rel. ;)