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  • Dr. Pallan Ichaporia

    The transcription of the Sogdian Ashem Vohu
    CF. Malandre and Ichaporia, The Pahlavi Yasna of the Gathas and Yasna Haptanghaiti,Wiesbaden, 2013 2nd edition, , page13

    THE LINGUISTIC DATA SHOW THAT THE PRIESTS WHO WERE RECITING THE GATHAS AT TH END OF
    ACHAEMENID PRIOD WERE NOT THE SPEAKERS OF GATHIC AVESTAN AS WELL AS THE STANDARD AVESTA.. THESE ARE IN LANGUAGE FOREIGN TO THE PRIESTS

    IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE NATURE OF THE LANGUAGE WE HAVE RECEIVED, AS WE HAVE NOW WITH US WOULD BE VERY DIFFERENT HAD IT COME TO US FROM THE SOGDIAN LINGUISTIC AREA

    WE HAVE RECEIVED ASHEM VOHU IN THE SOGDIAN VERSION WHICH IS GIVEN BY US BELOW
    (CF Gershevitch p.4)

    &rtam wahu wahi%tam i$t~
    u$ta< i$t~ u$ta< ahma<i
    yat &rtai< wahi$ta~ &<rtam

    Best wishes,
    Dr. Pallan Ichaporia

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