Nahapita, Nahāpita: 2 definitions


Nahapita means something in Buddhism, Pali. 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.

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

nahāpita : (m.) barber; hair-dresser. (pp. of nahāpeti), given a bath.

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

Nahāpita, (Sk. only snāpaka (see nahāpaka); new formation fr. Caus. nahāpeti as n. ag. with a- theme instead of ar-, cp. sallakatta for sallakattar) a barber, who has also the business of preparing & giving baths (cp. Ger. “bader”) a bath-attendant (see kappaka). Barbers ranked as a low class socially, and rebirth in a barber’s family was considered unfortunate. Vin. I, 249 (°pubba who had formerly been a barber); D. I, 225; J. I, 137; II, 5; III, 451; IV, 138 (eight kahāpaṇas as a barber’s fee); DA. I, 157 (=kappaka); VvA. 207 (°sālā a barber’s shop). (Page 348)

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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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