Looking for an official definition for Native American word 'SVAHA'
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29 Mar 2004 18:53 PST
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Definition of the word Svaha - I've heard from multiple sources that it's a native american word it that means the 'Time between when you see the lightning and hear the thunder' but can't find an official reference. Charles De Lint references this word in his book by the same title but just says it's a native american word. I've e-mailed him and he said it was a native american word but he doesn't remember what tribe (and it's been so long since he wrote the book the threw out his notes). I'm not looking for the Hindi goddess reference, just the ligtning/thunder reference above. I've googled the hell out of this and have been looking for a real reference to cite for over 10 years. Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope.
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Re: Looking for an official definition for Native American word 'SVAHA'
From: pinkfreud-ga on 30 Mar 2004 12:15 PST
Here's a page which attributes the word to the Dineh (Navajo) language, but admits that this is unverified: "svaha [attrib. to Dineh (Navajo); provenance unverified]" http://richter.colorado.edu/~sethmc/words.html
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