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English translation: Round Indian symbol or Bindi

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Arabic term or phrase:bindi
English translation:Round Indian symbol or Bindi
Entered by: Roomy Naqvy
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15:28 Sep 6, 2000
Arabic to English translations [Non-PRO]
Arabic term or phrase: bindi
I know that the word "bindi" means "dot", but I would like to know in what language, and what exactly the "dot" represents. A bindi is a small sticker-like decoration that is worn between the eyebrows. I want to know why. Please help if you can.
Bruce
Indian symbol
Explanation:
'Bindi' is essentially a word that emanates from Hindi. Though it also has Sanskrit roots. Moreover, 'bindi' is a kind of pan-Indian symbol, with the word or its related phonetic derivatives being present in other indian languages.

'Bindi' seems to have a relation to 'bindu' [dot] at the superficial level. But that is not really so for except the round nature of 'bindu'/dot and 'bindi', there is no other similarity.

'Bindi' is worn or pasted usually by Indian women on their forehead as a mark of their married life. It shows marital prosperity and conjugality. It has religious connotations.

'Bindi', thus, is a cultural symbol.
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Roomy Naqvy
India
Local time: 02:26
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I appreciate the answer. I chose it as the most helpful because it was detailed, however, all the answers conflicted with eachother, and I don't feet that I know any more than I did before. But thanks for the help. Regards.
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naFurther Comments
Roomy Naqvy
naBindu
Ghassan Ghosn
naIndian symbol
Roomy Naqvy
naThe language is Hindi (nominative "bindu")
Parrot
na"BIndi" is an Indian religious symbolshfranke


  

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37 mins
"BIndi" is an Indian religious symbol


Explanation:
Greetings.

An Indian colleague advises that the head decoration "bindi" is an Indian religious symbol.

HTH.

shfranke
United States
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38 mins
The language is Hindi (nominative "bindu")


Explanation:
The bindu is the dot that Indian women paint or paste on their foreheads, which they have assured me is purely esthetic and has nothing to do with sects or enlightenment.
I have also seen rhinestones and small plastic dragons, or felt paper cut out with a puncher. They don't call the dragons "bindu", however.
The term is not extensible to the tridents that Shaivites paint on their foreheads or the white waves of Vishnuites.


    Just a curious person doing a PhD thesis on India
Parrot
Spain
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4 hrs
Indian symbol


Explanation:
'Bindi' is essentially a word that emanates from Hindi. Though it also has Sanskrit roots. Moreover, 'bindi' is a kind of pan-Indian symbol, with the word or its related phonetic derivatives being present in other indian languages.

'Bindi' seems to have a relation to 'bindu' [dot] at the superficial level. But that is not really so for except the round nature of 'bindu'/dot and 'bindi', there is no other similarity.

'Bindi' is worn or pasted usually by Indian women on their forehead as a mark of their married life. It shows marital prosperity and conjugality. It has religious connotations.

'Bindi', thus, is a cultural symbol.


    1. Rajpal English Hindi Dictionary, New Delhi
    2. Oxford Hindi English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Roomy Naqvy
India
Local time: 02:26
Native speaker of: Native in HindiHindi
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I appreciate the answer. I chose it as the most helpful because it was detailed, however, all the answers conflicted with eachother, and I don't feet that I know any more than I did before. But thanks for the help. Regards.

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Vesna Zivcic
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14 hrs
Bindu


Explanation:
Hi Bruce,

With the 3 distinguished colleagues answering you very eloquently, all what I can say that this word is not Arabic; that 'Bindu' -in Hinduism- is "the central point in a madala )q.v.: a drawing used for meditation."

If you need it in Arabic, I suggest Arabicizing it: Bindu.


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Ghassan Ghosn
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27 days
Further Comments


Explanation:
Well, kindly don't be confused. 'Bindi' is a Hindi word. It is not Arabic in nature and I tried to give you a very balanced answer. In case, you have further doubts, why don't you just email me or send me a message from ProZ.com?
I am ProZ moderator for Gujarati<>English subcommunities.
Regards
Roomy Naqvy

Roomy Naqvy
India
Local time: 02:26
Native speaker of: Native in HindiHindi

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