Sign: 2 definitions
Sign means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. 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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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Signs (both auspicious and bad signs etc.) were traditionally studied, as part of the “sixty four kinds of Art”, according to the Kamasutra of Vatsyayana.—Cf the Sanskrit Nimittajñāna, which refers to the “art of addressing spells, charms, auspicious and bad signs etc.”.—Indian tradition, basically includes sixty four Art forms are acknowledged. The history of Indian Art covers approximately five thousand years which presents a rich and almost continuous record. The references of sixty four kinds of Kala (कला, kalā) are found in the Bhagavatapurana, Shaiva-Tantras, Kamasutra of Vatsyayana etc.
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.
India history and geography
Signs (conveyed through the fingers) were employed in the trade of precious stones and gems (such as pearls and jewels), according to ancient Indian trading traditions, as was vividly depicted in the Kathās (narrative poems) such as Uddyotanasūri in his 8th-century Kuvalayamālā (a Prakrit Campū, similar to Kāvya poetry).—[...] In the trade of precious stones and gems, it was customary not to utter the value loudly by word of mouth but through a piece of cloth or a scarf on the jewels and pearls to be sold and then the buyer and seller put their hands under the cloth, both of them negotiating by means of some signs conveyed through the fingers of the hands. It is also stated that after taking other goods in exchange and before leaving the place the foreign merchant makes some charitable gifts to the local religious teachers and establishments. [...]
The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, 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.
See also (Relevant definitions)
Starts with: Signal, Signal grass, Signan, Signboard, Signet, Signless.
Ends with: Auspicious sign, External sign, Floral decoration, Scroll-design, Yasign.
Full-text (+2234): Mesha, Rashi, Mina, Linga, Makara, Mithuna, Nimitta, Simha, Vrishcika, Hora, Kanya, Sulakshana, Lakshanya, Vrishabha, Drekkana, Prajnana, Gramyarashi, Lakshmana, Lakshanika, Ravisamkranti.
Search found 329 books and stories containing Sign; (plurals include: Signs). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
Tattvartha Sutra (with commentary) (by Vijay K. Jain)
Verse 2.52 - The three sexes (signs–veda) < [Chapter 2 - Category of the Living]
Verse 10.9 - Thirteen types of questioning regarding liberated souls < [Chapter 10 - Liberation]
Verse 9.47 - Differences among the five kinds of saints < [Chapter 9 - Stoppage and Shedding of Karmas]
Brihat Samhita (by N. Chidambaram Iyer)
Chapter 102 - On the division of the Zodiac into signs (rāśi-vibhāga)
Chapter 42 - Fluctuation of prices
Appendix 5 - Notes relating to the phenomena of nature
The civilization of Babylonia and Assyria (by Morris Jastrow)
Part II < [Chapter II - The Decipherment Of The Cuneiform Script]
Part I < [Chapter II - The Decipherment Of The Cuneiform Script]
Part IV < [Chapter II - The Decipherment Of The Cuneiform Script]
Significance of the Moon in Ancient Civilizations (by Radhakrishnan. P)
6. Jealousy—A Negative State of Mind < [Chapter 7 - Moon the Significant Planet of Mind]
15. Sign-wise Trimshamshaka Chart of Moon < [Chapter 5 - Adoration of the Sun and Moon]
12. Astrologial overview on Moon in Zodiac Signs < [Chapter 5 - Adoration of the Sun and Moon]
Philosophy of language in the Five Nikayas (by K.T.S. Sarao)
12.6. The Five Methods for Removing Unwholesome Thoughts < [Chapter 4 - Philosophy of Language in the Five Nikāyas]
11. Sense and Reference < [Chapter 2 - Concept of Philosophy of Language]
3. On Language (1): Definitions < [Chapter 2 - Concept of Philosophy of Language]
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
Notes on sign language (the method of communicating by signs ) < [Notes]
The festival of the Winter Solstice < [Notes]
Vetāla 1: The Prince who was helped to a Wife by his Father’s Minister < [Appendix 6.1 - The Twenty-five Tales of a Vetāla]
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