Vetalika, Vetālika: 3 definitions

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Introduction:

Vetalika means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, 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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Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vetālika : (m.) a court musician.

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

Vetālika, (dial.; cp. Epic & Class. Sk. vaitālika) a certain office or occupation at court connected with music or other entertainment, a bard. With other terms in list at Miln. 331, some of them obscure and regional. Also at J. VI, 277, where explained as “vetālā (read vettāya?) uṭṭhāpake, ” i.e. those whose duty it is (by vetāla or vetta) to make (people) rise. The explanation is obscure, the uṭṭhāpaka reminds of Bdhgh’s uṭṭhāpana (under vetāla). Kern misunderstands the phrase by translating “chasing bards away. ” (Page 647)

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Vetālika (वेतालिक).—(?) , m., perhaps to be read (mss. corrupt) for text vaitālika, tālika, Mahāvastu iii.113.2; 442.8, in lists of entertainers; meaning? Sanskrit vait°, panegyrist, according to Monier Williams also conjurer. Cf. the obscure Pali vetāla, °lika.

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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 (even English!). 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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