Dasyu


Dasyu
/dus"yooh/, n. Hinduism.
a member of the Asuras, survivors of the ancient culture of Harappa: defeated by Indra.
[ < Skt dasyu]

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people
Sanskrit  dāsa (“servant”) 

      member of an aboriginal people in India encountered and embattled by the invading Aryans (c. 1500 BC). They were described by the Aryans as a dark-skinned, harsh-spoken people who worshiped the phallus. This allusion has persuaded many scholars that worship of the linga, the Hindu religious symbol, originated with them; it may, however, have referred to their sexual practices. They lived in fortified places from which they sent out armies. They may be considered the original Sudras, or labourers, who served the three higher classes of Brahman, Kshatriya (warrior), and Vaishya (mercantile), from whose ritual communion they were excluded.

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  • dasyu — ˈdəs(ˌ)yü noun ( s) Usage: often capitalized Etymology: Sanskrit, literally, demon, barbarian more at das : one of the dark skinned Dravidian aborigines of India that opposed the invasion of the Aryans * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • dásyu — दस्यु …   Indonesian dictionary

  • dasyu — das·yu …   English syllables

  • dásyu-hán — दस्युहन् …   Indonesian dictionary

  • dásyu-hátya — दस्युहत्य …   Indonesian dictionary

  • dásyu-jīvin — दस्युजीविन् …   Indonesian dictionary

  • dásyu-jūta — दस्युजूत …   Indonesian dictionary

  • dásyu-sād-bhu- — दस्युसाद्भु …   Indonesian dictionary

  • dásyu-tárhaṇa — दस्युतर्हण …   Indonesian dictionary

  • dṛiḍha-dasyu — दृढदस्यु …   Indonesian dictionary


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