Dashi, Daśi, Dāsī, Dasi, Dāsi: 11 definitions

Introduction

Dashi means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, the history of ancient India, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Daśi can be transliterated into English as Dasi or Dashi, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Dharmashastra (religious law)

Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-śāstra

Daśi (दशि) refers to the person in charge of Ten villages. The word is used throughout Dharmaśāstra literature such as the Manusmṛti. (See the Manubhāṣya verse 7.119)

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Dharmashastra (धर्मशास्त्र, dharmaśāstra) contains the instructions (shastra) regarding religious conduct of livelihood (dharma), ceremonies, jurisprudence (study of law) and more. It is categorized as smriti, an important and authoritative selection of books dealing with the Hindu lifestyle.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

Dāsī (दासी).—An important river in India. (Mahābhārata Bhīṣma Parva, Chapter 9, Verse 31).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

1a) Dāsi (दासि).—Slaves as present to learned men.*

  • * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 34. 39.

1b) Of four kinds, devadāsi, brahmadāsi, svatantra and śūdradāsika; the first two occupy the status of a Kṣatriya lady; the third enjoys the status of a dancing girl (veśi), and the last that of a low caste (hīnajāti).1 A synonym of Paricārika or a servant-maid.2

  • 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa IV. 8. 11-12.
  • 2) Matsya-purāṇa 29. 17-23.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Dāsī (दासी) refers to the name of a River mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. VI.10.30). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Dāsī) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhajana-rahasya - 2nd Edition

Dāsī (दासी) refers to:—A maidservant. (cf. Glossary page from Bhajana-Rahasya).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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India history and geogprahy

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Indian Epigraphical Glossary

Dāsī.—(CITD), a handmaid, slave, concubine, dancing girl. Note: dāsī is defined in the “Indian epigraphical glossary” as it can be found on ancient inscriptions commonly written in Sanskrit, Prakrit or Dravidian languages.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

dāsī : (f.) a female slave.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Dāsī, (f.) (Sk. dāsī, cp. dāsa. Nom. pl. dasso for dāsiyo J.IV, 53; in cpds. dāsi°) a female servant, a handmaiden, a slave-girl Vin.I, 217, 269, 291; II, 10 (kula°), 78= III, 161; M.I, 125; II, 62 (ñāti°); Pv.II, 321 (ghara°); PvA.46, 61, 65.—Cp. kumbha°.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

daśī (दशी).—f (daśā S) An end or unwoven thread of a cloth. Commonly used pl daśā (the thrum). Pr. kāmbaḷyācī daśī āṇi pāsōḍyā aiśī. Pr. sadaivācī daśī naradēvācā pālava (lāgāvā &c.) daśī vāhaṇēṃ To throw an end or unwoven thread of cloth at the new moon. A rite to obtain new clothes.

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dāsī (दासी).—f (S) A female slave or servant. 2 The wife of a Shudra.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

daśī (दशी).—f An end or unwoven thread of a cloth.

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dāsī (दासी).—f A female slave or servant.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dāsī (दासी).—

1) A female servant or slave.

2) The wife of a fisherman.

3) The wife of a Śūdra.

4) An altar.

5) A harlot.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Dāśī (दाशी):—[from dāśa > dāś] f. fisher-woman, female slave, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) Dāsī (दासी):—[from dāsa > dās] a f. a female servant or slave, [Atharva-veda; Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa; Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc.

3) [v.s. ...] harlot, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc. [Scholiast or Commentator]]

4) [v.s. ...] Name of a plant (= nilā or pītā jhintī, kāka-jaṅghā, nīlāmlāṇa etc.), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) [v.s. ...] an altar, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

6) [v.s. ...] Name of a river, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

7) [from dās] 2. dāsī (also sīka ifc.) f. of 1. dāsa (q.v.).

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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