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date: 14 November 2019


  • Alastair Dick


Ancient Indian, Vedic Sanskrit, term, usually translated as instrumental music of harps or flutes. Sachs (1940) identified it as a flute, perhaps following the Sanskritist Zimmer and relying on a connection with storm gods and thus with wind. A passage in the Ṛgveda (i,85,10) refers to blowing the vāṇá, but others imply the translation ‘voice’ or (metaphorically) ‘song’. In later Vedic texts vāṇá is also referred to as ...

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