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Ka, aka: Kā; 3 Definition(s)

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Ka°, (pron. interr.) (Sk. kaḥ, Idg. *qǔo besides *qui (see ki° & kiṃ) & *qǔu (see ku°). Cp. Av. ka-; Gr. pğ, pώs, poίos, etc.; Lat. quī; Oir. co-te; Cymr. pa; Goth. hvas, Ags. hwā (=E. who), Ohg. hwër) who? — m. ko, f. kā (nt. kiṃ, q. v.); follows regular decl. of an atheme with some formations fr. ki°, which base is otherwise restricted to the nt.—From ka° also nt. pl. kāni (Sn. 324, 961) & some adv. forms like kathaṃ, kadā, kahaṃ, etc.—1. (a) ka°: Nom. m. ko Sn. 173, 765, 1024; J. I, 279; Dh. 146; f. J. VI, 364; PvA. 41; Gen. sg. kassa Miln. 25; Instr. kena; Abl. kasmā (nt.) as adv. “why” Sn. 883, 885; PvA. 4, 13, 63, etc.—(b) ki° (m. & f.; nt. see kiṃ): Gen. sg. kissa Dh. 237; J. II, 104. ko-nāmo (of) what name Miln. 14; DhA. II, 92, occurs besides kin-nāmo Miln. 15.—kvattho what (is the) use Vv 5010 stands for ko attho.—All cases are freq. emphasized by addition of the affirm. part. nu & su. e.g. ko su’dha tarati oghaṃ (who then or who possibly) Sn. 173; kena ssu nivuto loko “by what then is the world obstructed?” Sn. 1032; kasmā nu saccāni vadanti ... Sn. 885. ‹-› 2. In indef. meaning combd with —ci (Sk. cid: see under ca 1 and ci°): koci, kāci, etc., whoever, some (usually with neg. na koci, etc., equalling “not anybody”), nt. kiñci (q. v.); e.g. mā jātu koci lokasmiṃ pāpiccho It. 85; no yāti koci loke Dh. 179; n’âhaṃ bhatako ‘smi kassaci Sn. 25; na hi nassati kassaci kammaṃ “nobody’s trace of action is lost” Sn. 666; kassaci kiñci na (deti) (he gives) nothing to anybody VvA. 322; PvA. 45.—In Sandhi the orig. d of cid is restored, e.g. app’eva nāma kocid eva puriso idh’agaccheyya, “would that some man or other would come here!” PvA. 153. ‹-› Also in correl. with rel. pron. ya (see details under ya°): yo hi koci gorakkhaṃ upajīvati kassako so na brāhmano (whoever-he) Sn. 612. See also kad°. (Page 173)

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Kā°, in composition, is assimilated (and contracted) form of kad° as kāpuppha, kāpurisa. (Page 202)

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The Egyptian definition of the spirit and life-force of both humans and gods. Ka and ba (soul) form together the immortal elements. When a mortal was born, his ka was created with him and remained in the world of eternity while his mortal body was alive on earth. When a person died, he "rejoined his ka". Ka also acts as a protecting spirit and guards its dead against the dangers of the after life.

The hieroglyph for ka is two raised arms with the palms of the hand stretched.

Added: 10.Jun.2012 | Pantheon: Egyptian Mythology
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