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An enlarged version of Bloomfield's Vedic Concordance, 2997 pages -- di Marco Franceschini

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  • Srinivasan Kalyanaraman
    An enlarged version of Bloomfield s Vedic Concordance -- di Marco Franceschini http://www.dslo.unibo.it/iniz.html Presenting an Enlarged Electronic Version of
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      An enlarged version of Bloomfield's Vedic Concordance -- di Marco Franceschini


      Presenting an Enlarged Electronic Version of
      Bloomfield's A Vedic Concordance

      The files contained in the freely downloadable archive presented in
      this site are the result of a research project undertaken by Marco
      Franceschini at the Department of Oriental Studies of the University
      of Turin: an enlarged electronic version of Bloomfield's 1906 A Vedic
      Concordance is now available, five years after the first electronic
      version of Bloomfield's original work. Some 20,000 mantras have been
      added to the already considerable bulk of textual material contained
      in Bloomfield's Concordance: the "new" mantras are taken from six
      Vedic texts which were not included in the previous version or were in
      need of major revision, namely Paippalada-Samhita (books 1-15),
      Jaiminiya-Brahmana, Katha-Aranyaka, Manava-Srautasutra,
      Jaiminiya-Grhyasutra and Varaha-Grhyasutra. The inner architecture of
      Bloomfield's work has been preserved as far as possible, with all
      added, emended or modified text being visualized in red. Please note
      that the file also preserves the editorial "underlining device" used
      by Dipak Bhattacharya in his critical edition of books 1-15 of
      The archive, available in ".hqx" format for Mac OS and ".exe" format
      for Windows, contains three separate files and one font: the rules
      concerning the use of these files are described below ("Copyright
      The file named Concordance is, of course, the working part of the
      archive: it appears here in both a Macintosh word-processing format
      (Nisus Writer(c), about 7 Mb unstuffed), and a Windows one (MS Word,
      about 9 Mb). In order to facilitate further work, the electronic
      Concordance separates entries and references with a #-sign; moreover,
      new entries are marked by a bullet (•). Please note that Nisus Writer
      has a fully programmable Macro language for those who may want to
      perform database-type searches through the file; moreover Nisus is now
      freely downloadable from the Nisus site (www.nisus.com) in its 4.1.6
      Both formats come with their own font, named "Macind" and "Winind"
      respectively. You must install either the Macind or the Winind font
      before accessing the Concordance. Please note that the Macind and
      Winind fonts are compatible with each other if the files are
      transferred between MacOS and Windows, or vice-versa, with an
      appropriate file conversion program such as Dataviz's MacLink(c) (it is
      advisable to split the main Concordance file into at least five parts
      before converting).
      The two files called Introduction and Abbreviations are a replica of
      Bloomfield's chapters by the same name, and contain his explanations
      on the structure of the work, and his comprehensive list of
      bibliographical sources and abbreviations: relevant information
      concerning the six Vedic texts this enlarged version of the
      Concordance is based on have been added to these two files themselves.

      Comments, suggestions and corrections will be appreciated, and may be
      forwarded to Marco Franceschini at: bloom@....

      Bologna, March 2005

      Marco Franceschini

      Copyright notice

      The electronic version of Maurice Bloomfield's A Vedic Concordance,
      Cambridge (Mass.), 1906 (henceforth: Concordance) is copyright 1906,
      2000, 2005 by Harvard University Press and Marco Franceschini
      (henceforth: copyright holders). The Concordance may not be modified,
      posted on information services, reproduced on microfilm, printed or
      sold, either by itself or in combination with any other product,
      without the express written permission of the copyright holders.
      You are welcome to download the Concordance for purposes of research
      or study; please quote it in your references if you make use of it in
      research publications.
      The Concordance is provided "as is" and without warranty, express and
      implied, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties of
      merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will
      the copyright holders be liable for any damages, including lost
      profits, lost savings, or other incidental or consequential damages,
      even if the copyright holders are advised of the possibility of such
      damages, or for any claim by you or any third party.

      From the Preface:


      The Concordance is part of a larger scheme. The plan of this work
      dates back to the year 1892, when two separate announcements of it
      were published – the one in the Proceedings of the American Oriental
      Society (for April, 1892, Journal, volume xv, page clxxiii), and the
      other in the Johns Hopkins University Circulars (for June, 1892,
      volume xi, number 99). At that time, as the reader of either of these
      announcements will see, I sketched the plan of a three-fold apparatus
      designed to facilitate and deepen the study of the Vedas: one part of
      it was a universal word-index to the Vedas; another was an index of
      subjects and ideas; and the third, which I promised to undertake
      myself, was a Vedic Concordance. As commonly happens in such cases,
      the fulfilment of the last-named part of the plan cost much more time
      and labor than was expected. With correspondingly greater satisfaction
      I now present the result to those of the Hindu people who look upon
      the Vedas as their sacred books, and to all scholars in this field of
      Indian antiquities. That result is, an alphabetic index to every line
      (or påda) of every stanza (or (r)c) of the published Vedic literature
      and to every liturgical formula thereof (yajus, pråißa, and so on),
      that is, an Index to the Vedic Mantras.
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