Linear B to Greek: ma-di to ma-di-qo

· Linear B Lexicon

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LinB words
ma-di | ma-di-qo |

Greek words
Μηδικός | μαγικός | Μηδίς |

Japanese words (Hiragana)
まじ |

Japanese words (Kanji)
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Japanese words (Romaji)
maji |



ma-di | Μηδί(ς) (Medis) | a Median woman
ma-di | まじ (maji)
ma-di | 蠱 (maji) | (1) charmed and cursed, (2) something that bewilders, something that leads one astray, the work of demons
KN As 603+, Db 1168+ (Scribes 103, 117) (Linear A Toponym)
See also ma.di.
As indicated by Μηδίς, an early name for Iran was Media, the home of the Medes (from Old Persian Māda-). It is believed that the Medes arrived in the area during the second millennium BCE and practiced a form of pre-Zoroastrian Mazdaism, the followers of which were called magi. This word is found at the roots of many Greek words, such as magic; cf. the archaic 蠱 maji “charmed and cursed”. Tradition, as stated in the Jesus myth, knows the magi as the “wise men from the East; cf. singular μάγος (magos or magus). The demonic aspect is underscored in the root, AB *80 MA.

The Medes, as maji, were known for their medical arts, as distinguished in the Zend-Avesta, the primary Zoroastrian text. These arts included herbalism, incantation, and surgery. Cf. ma-di-qo > Μηδικός (medikos or medicos) “the Median affairs”, which appears to be at the root of medic, medical, and medicine. Moreover, μαγικός (magikos) “fit for the Magians, magical” may be deemed an alternate pronunciation of ma-di-qo. In this manner, the close alliance between magic and medicine becomes readily apparent. The magical aspect is further developed in Medea, who was devoted to Hecate and who was among the greatest sorceresses in Greek mythology. The myth explains how Medea’s son, Medus, became the king of the country that would eventually be called Media; cf. ma-di-je [TH Fq series] and ma-di-jo [KH Z 3].
03.18.17


ma-di-qo | Μηδικός (medikos) | the Median affairs
ma-di-qo | μαγικός (magikos) | fit for the Magians, Magian; magical
KN B 806+, Dv 1460+ (Scribes 104, 117)
Μηδικός (medikos or medicos) “the Median affairs” appears to be at the root of medic, medical, and medicine. Moreover, μαγικός (magikos) “fit for the Magians, magical” may be deemed an alternate pronunciation of ma-di-qo. In this manner, the close alliance between magic and medicine becomes readily apparent. See the root, AB *80 MA, as it pertains also to ma-di and ma.di.
04.14.17

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