The word "Tantra" is Sanskrit and it's derived from two root words. From which words and what is the meaning of both words?
#109299. Asked by snuiteke. (Sep 30 09 4:41 AM)
Tantra -- From Sanskrit tantram, which means "weave". |
Tantra -- Type of Hindu religious book, 1799, from Skt. tantram, lit. "loom, warp," hence "groundwork, system, doctrine," from tan "to stretch, extend," from PIE base *ten- "to stretch, extend" (see tenet). Hence, tantric (1905), used loosely in the West to denote erotic spiritualism.
Gonda says about the suffic tra-
The Sanskrit words in –tra < Indo-European –tro>, when neuter, are generally speaking, names of instruments or sometimes names of the place where the process is performed. The former category may occasionally express also a faculty: Sanskrit śrotram "organ, act or faculty of hearing"; jñātram "the intellectual faculty"; or a "function": hotram "the function or office of a hotar priest". [Gonda : 250]
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