Murmur, heat and bonds – on some words of magic and healing

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  • The paper argues that a) Germanic *tauf/ƀra- (Germ. Zauber, etc.) is related to a root PIE *deu̯p- ‘beat; make a hollow sound, resound’ found in Greek δοῦπος ‘thud’, etc., b) Greek φάρμακον goes back to the root PIE *gʷʰer- ‘heat’ (Gk. θερμός, etc.) implying healing by fomentation, and c) Armenian hiwand ‘sick’, borrowed from Iranian, to PIE *sh₂ei̯- ‘bind’ relying on the notion of disease as a supernatural bond.

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Author: Daniel Kölligan
Document Type:Journal article
Faculties:Philosophische Fakultät (Histor., philolog., Kultur- und geograph. Wissensch.) / Institut für Altertumswissenschaften
Parent Title (English):Indogermanische Forschungen
Year of Completion:2021
First Page:107
Last Page:134
Source:Indogermanische Forschungen (2021) 126:1, 107-134.
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 412 Etymologie
Tag:disease; etymology; healing; lexicon; magic; spell
Release Date:2022/03/22
Date of first Publication:2021/12/10
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht