Aleksey Kurochkin

Abstract: The article focuses on the issues of the use of Indian words as name designations of cold weapon types. The terminology established at the present time is not questioned and is perceived as the actual authentic names of the objects, although the data have for the most part been received by the collectors of weapons from weapon sellers in India. The article shows that in most cases these terms are words from various Indian languages derived from the notions “cut”, “crack”, “damage”, and were used randomly for a range of cold weapons as the descriptions of actions performed using these weapons, rather than designation for their identification. The article also shows strong interrelation between the designations of weapon types and names of martial arts in which such weapons were used.

Keywords: arms of India, arms of Mughals, ethnic weapons, martial arts

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