XXXII. The 256 Nights of Aśōka

J. F. Fleet
1911 Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland  
In an article entitled "Vyuthena 256", published in theJournal Asiatique, 1911, part 1, pp. 119–26, M. Sylvain Lévi has reopened the subject of that record of Aśōka which we have, in various recensions, at Sahasrām, Rūpnāth, and Bairāt in Northern India, and at the Brahmagiri hill, Siddāpura, and the Jaṭṭiṅga-Rāmēśvara hill in Mysore. He has taken us another step towards the right understanding of the record, by showing that the wordsmisāandamisā, which stand in one of the opening clauses,
more » ... ening clauses, cannot meanmṛishā, 'in vain, wrongly', andamṛishā, 'not in vain, not wrongly', and do not represent the ablatives ofmisha, 'false appearance, fraud, deceit', and its converseamisha, but stand formissāandamissā, Pāli forms of the Sanskṛit nominatives pluralmiśrāḥ, 'mixed', andamiśrāḥ, 'not mixed'. But we cannot agree with him in taking the worddēvain the same clause as denoting 'kings': in a record of Aśōkadēvacan only mean 'a god'. Nor can we agree with him in his interpretation of the general purport of the record.
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