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Traitana und raēta(o)na

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An attempt is made to reconstruct a Proto-Indo-Iranian legend, mainly on the basis of a passage in the Avestan Ardvīsūr-Yast (Yt. 5,61 f.) and a so far misinterpreted RVedic verse (1,115,5). The legend seems to involve a hero named *Traitana/*Trāitana who rescues a devout mortal from water by killing a hostile creature (*dāsa-). By comparing this legend with a set of closely related RVedic legends, in which mortals are rescued at sea or from imprisonment by Indra or the Aśvin, it is assumed that the story of *Traitana/*Trāitana belonged to a genre once forming a part of an otherwise lost heroic poetry of Indo-Iranian age.

Affiliations: 1: Institut für Vergl., Sprachwissenschaft, Kochstrasse 4, 91054 Erlangen, Germany


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