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Two Sogdian Etymologies

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(1) The word for “astrologer” occurs in Buddh. Sogdian as snptsr and in Man. Sogdian as snbtsr (cf. W. B. Henning, Sogdica, p. 21, 22). Benveniste in his edition of the Vessantara Jätaka apparently divides the word into two parts, snpt and sr, and suggests to compare the first part of the word with Persian sambät, sambūt “vision, fantôme” (p. 90.22).


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