Manussa: 2 definitions



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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

manussa : (m.) a human being.

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

Manussa, (fr. manus, cp. Vedic manuṣya. Connected etym. with Goth. manna=man) a human being, man. The popular etym. connects m. with Manu(s), the ancestor of men, e.g. KhA 123: “Manuno apaccā ti manussā, porāṇā pana bhaṇanti “mana-ussannatāya manussa” ; te Jambudīpakā, Aparagoyānikā, Uttarakurukā, Pubbavidehakā ti catubbidhā. ” Similarly with the other view of connecting it with “mind” VvA. 18: “manassa ussannatāya manussā” etc. Cp. also VvA. 23, where manussa-nerayika, °peta, °tiracchāna are distinguished.—Sn. 75, 307, 333 sq. , 611 sq.; Dh. 85, 188, 197 sq. , 321; Nd1 97 (as gati), 340, 484 (°phassa of Sn. 964); Vism. 312; VbhA. 455 (var. clans); DhA. I, 364.—amanussa not human, a deva, a ghost, a spirit; in cpds. “haunted, ” ilke °kantāra J. I, 395, °ṭṭhāna Vv 843 (cp. VvA. 334 where explained); °sadda DhA. I, 315. See also separately amanussa.

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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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