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The Sālakaṭaṅkaṭas and Laṅkā

U. P. Shah
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 96, No. 1 (Jan. - Mar., 1976), pp. 109-113
DOI: 10.2307/599896
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/599896
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Abstract

A solution is proposed to the problem of the identification of Vālmīki's Laṇkā. An inquiry into the family/tribal name "Sālakaṭaṅkaṭa" (or "Śālakaṭaṅkaṭa") leads the author to propose that the form is a sanskritized, non-Aryan word of proto-Dravidian origin and that the Laṅkā with which the Sālakaṭaṅkaṭas were associated is not the present-day Śrī Laṅkā (formerly "Ceylon").

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