Wednesday, February 02, 2005


Back when I was in Israel, and grappling with Hebrew, I found two words that were said exactly the same as in an Indian Language. Note that when I say Indian, I usually mean Sanskrit. The first was Tariq: which means date (as in day, not palm) in Hebrew and almost the same in Kannada as well. I was blown by this discovery and wondered at the coincidence. I mean, it's not a word like Sugar, which is pronounced and spelt in almost the same way in a dozen seemingly unconnected languages.
The second word was Shiva, which is the Hindu god of Destruction, but in Hebrew, Shiva refers to a ritual observance for seven (Sheva=seven) days after a funeral. BridalBeer has a wonderful post about Sitting Shiva.