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Early Indo-European Texts

Tocharian B

Todd B. Krause and Jonathan Slocum

This page contains a text in Tocharian B with a modern English translation. This particular text and its translation are extracted from a lesson in the Early Indo-European Online series, where one may find detailed information about this text (see the Table of Contents page for Tocharian Online in EIEOL), and general information about the Tocharian B language and its speakers' culture.

The "Last Supper" of the Buddha (cont'd)

17 Indre ka:rpa rs.a:kän'n'e wes. mya:skate sta:m n'or cau lmos. lyaka:re. s'ila:re-ne on`karn'ai wn'a:r-ne purwar wesanmem. pinwa:t rs.a:ka.

18 snai epin`kte bramn'ikte ka:rpa totka mam.tstsas' as'ra:mne pen'iyacce yaknesa lyama ylain'ikte rs.a:kän'n'e wes. memisku wen'a:-me-s' s.ers'kana n'i ais'cer ce pintwa:t epe se n'n'issa s'pa:lmem. ta:kam. cwi ais'cer. 19 Na:nda Nanda:bala wen'a:re se cisa s'pa:lmem. ta:kam. cwi aiskem. ylain'ikte bramn'iktes' mant s.erpsa-me wen'a:-me-s' s.ers'kana sam rs.a:ke n'issa s'pa:lmem. ste cwim nai kalas. 20 toy kakka:ccuwa bramn'iktes' maitare wina:s.s.ar-ne on`karn'ai s.arnene en`kuwa weskem.-ne-s'.

Translation

17 Indra descended (and) took the guise of a sage (and) those seated under the tree saw him. They brought him the porridge (and) said to him, "Partake of our alms, sage." 18 Suddenly the brahma-god descended (and) a little below he sat in the ashram in splendid manner. Indra, having taken the guise of a sage, said to them: "Sisters, will you give me these alms or will you give (them) to him who would be better than me?" 19 Nanda (and) Nandabala said, "We will give (them) to whoever would be better than you." So Indra motioned to the brahma-god (and) said to them, "Sisters, this sage (here) is better than me; give (them) to him." 20 Rejoicing, they went to the brahma-god (and) worshipped him. Having taken the porridge in their hands they speak to him.