The files contained in the freely downloadable archive presented in this site are the result of a research project undertaken by Marco Franceschini at the Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Turin: an enlarged electronic version of Bloomfield's 1906 A Vedic Concordance is now available, five years after the first electronic version of Bloomfields original work. Some 20,000 mantras have been added to the already considerable bulk of textual material contained in Bloomfields Concordance: the "new" mantras are taken from six Vedic texts which were not included in the previous version or were in need of major revision, namely Paippalada-Samhita (books 1-15), Jaiminiya-Brahmana, Katha-Aranyaka, Manava-Srautasutra, Jaiminiya-Grhyasutra and Varaha-Grhyasutra. The inner architecture of Bloomfields work has been preserved as far as possible, with all added, emended or modified text being visualized in red. Please note that the file also preserves the editorial "underlining device" used by Dipak Bhattacharya in his critical edition of books 1-15 of Paippalada-Samhita.
The archive, available in ".hqx" format for Mac OS and ".exe" format for Windows, contains three separate files and one font: the rules concerning the use of these files are described below ("Copyright notice").
The file named Concordance is, of course, the working part of the archive: it appears here in both a Macintosh word-processing format (Nisus Writer©, about 7 Mb unstuffed), and a Windows one (MS Word, about 9 Mb). In order to facilitate further work, the electronic Concordance separates entries and references with a #-sign; moreover, new entries are marked by a bullet (). Please note that Nisus Writer has a fully programmable Macro language for those who may want to perform database-type searches through the file; moreover Nisus is now freely downloadable from the Nisus site (www.nisus.com) in its 4.1.6 version.
Both formats come with their own font, named "Macind" and "Winind" respectively. You must install either the Macind or the Winind font before accessing the Concordance. Please note that the Macind and Winind fonts are compatible with each other if the files are transferred between MacOS and Windows, or vice-versa, with an appropriate file conversion program such as Dataviz's MacLink© (it is advisable to split the main Concordance file into at least five parts before converting).
The two files called Introduction and Abbreviations are a replica of Bloomfield's chapters by the same name, and contain his explanations on the structure of the work, and his comprehensive list of bibliographical sources and abbreviations: relevant information concerning the six Vedic texts this enlarged version of the Concordance is based on have been added to these two files themselves.
Comments, suggestions and corrections will be appreciated, and may be forwarded to Marco Franceschini at: [email protected].
Bologna, March 2005
The electronic version of Maurice Bloomfield's A Vedic Concordance, Cambridge (Mass.), 1906 (henceforth: Concordance) is copyright 1906, 2000, 2005 by Harvard University Press and Marco Franceschini (henceforth: copyright holders). The Concordance may not be modified, posted on information services, reproduced on microfilm, printed or sold, either by itself or in combination with any other product, without the express written permission of the copyright holders.
You are welcome to download the Concordance for purposes of research or study; please quote it in your references if you make use of it in research publications.
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