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English translation: Gesture of Fearlessness

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Nepali term or phrase:Abhaya Mudra
English translation:Gesture of Fearlessness
Entered by: Vesna Zivcic
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18:58 Jun 24, 2004
Nepali to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Folklore
Nepali term or phrase: avaya
My English text about a dance ensamble from Nepal, which I am translating into Croatian, contains the following description for Lord Bhairab (Jhangad dance):

"In his four hands, he carries Khadga, Vajra, Avaya and Patra"

I have identified khadga as a sword, vajra a thunderbolt, patra as a begging bowl, but I cannot find what avaya means.

I thank you in advance for your kind help!
Vesna Zivcic
Local time: 14:27
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Explanation:
avaya or abhaya mudra:

It is not a thing, but a gesture:

The Gesture of Fearlessness (Abhaya Mudra) the right hand slightly elevated, the palm turned outwards, also called the Gesture of Renunciation.

http://www.paramarta.it/mito/abhaya/abhaya.gif
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xxxpucoug
Local time: 18:12
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Explanation:
avaya or abhaya mudra:

It is not a thing, but a gesture:

The Gesture of Fearlessness (Abhaya Mudra) the right hand slightly elevated, the palm turned outwards, also called the Gesture of Renunciation.

http://www.paramarta.it/mito/abhaya/abhaya.gif


xxxpucoug
Local time: 18:12
Native speaker of: Native in NepaliNepali, Native in HindiHindi
PRO pts in category: 4
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  PRAKAASH: good answer
3 days23 hrs

disagree  Sandesh Ghimire: It has dual meanings. One is what Prakash says. And the other is 'dauntless posture, and thus connotes someone deep in meditation or dance
2714 days
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