Putta: 3 definitions

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Source: Project Gutenberg: Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume 1

1) Putta (“ant-hill; snake hole”) is one of the exogamous septs (divisions) among the Kurubas (a tribe of South India). The Kurubas are sub-divided into clans or gumpus, each having a headman or guru called a gaudu, who gives his name to the clan. And the clans are again sub-divided into gotras or septs (viz., Putta).

2) Putta (“ant-hill”) is one of the exogamous septs (divisions) among the Malas (considered the Pariahs of the Telugu country) of the Sarindla section. The Mala people are almost equally inferior in position to the Madigas and have, in their various sub-divisions, many exogamous septs (eg., Putta).

3) Putta (“ant-hill”) refers to one of the exogamous septs (divisions) among the Medaras: workers in bamboo in the Telugu, Canarese, Oriya and Tamil countries. The Medara people believe that they came from Mahendrachala mountain, the mountain of Indra. They are also known as the Meda, Medarlu or Medarakaran.

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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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Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

putta : (m.) a son; a child.

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

Putta, (Vedic putra, Idg. *putlo=Lat. pullus (*putslos) young of an animal, fr. pōu, cp. Gr. pau=s, paiζ child, Lat. puer, pubes, Av. pupra, Lith. putýtis (young animal or bird), Cymr. wyr grandchild; also Sk. pota(ka) young animal and base pu- in pumaṃs, puṃs “man”) 1. a son S. I, 210; Sn. 35, 38, 60, 557, 858; Dh. 62, 84, 228, 345; J. IV, 309; Vism. 645 (simile of 3 sons); PvA. 25, 63, 73 sq.; DA. I, 157 (dāsaka°). Four kinds of sons are distinguished in the old Cy. viz. atraja p. , khettaja, dinnaka, antevāsika, or born of oneself, born on one’s land, given to one, i.e. adopted, one living with one as a pupil. Thus at Nd1 247; Nd2 448; J. I, 135. Good and bad sons in regard to lineage are represented at J. VI, 380.—Metaph. “sons of the Buddha” S. I, 192= Th. 1, 1237 (sabbe Bhagavato puttā); It. 101 (me tumhe puttā orasā mukhato jātā dhammajā), J. III, 211.—The parable of a woman eating her sons is given as a punishment in the Peta condition at Pv. I, 6 (& 7). ‹-› pl. puttāni Pv. I, 63.—aputta-bhāvaṃ karoti to disinherit formally J. V, 468.—2. (in general) child, descendant, sometimes pleonastic like E. °man, °son in names: see putta-dāra; so esp. in later literature, like ludda° hunter’s son=hunter J. II, 154; ayya°=ayya, i.e. gentleman, lord J. V, 94; PvA. 66. See also rāja°.—Of a girl Th. 2, 464.—mātucchā° & mātula° cousin (from mother’s side), pitucchā° id (fr. father’s side). On putta in N. Pāṭali° see puṭa.—f. puttī see rāja°.—jīva N. of a tree: Putranjiva Roxburghii J. VI, 530.—dāra child & wife (i.e. wife & children, family) D. III, 66, 189, 192; S. I, 92; A. II, 67; Pv IV. 348 (sa° together with his family); J. III, 467 (kiṃ °ena what shall I do with a family?); V, 478. They are hindrances to the development of spiritual life: see Nd2 under āsiṃsanti & palibodha.—phala a son as fruit (of the womb) J. V, 330.—maṃsa the flesh of one’s children (sons) a metaphor probably distorted fr. pūta° rotten flesh. The metaphor is often alluded to in the kasiṇa-kammaṭṭhāna, and usually coupled with the akkha-bbhañjana (& vaṇapaticchādana)—simile, e.g. Vism. 32, 45; DhA. I, 375; SnA 58, 342. Besides at S. II, 98 (in full); Th. 1, 445 (°ūpamā); 2, 221.—mata a woman whose sons (children) are dead M. I, 524. (Page 465)

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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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