Feb. 20th, 2017

incandescens: (Kanzeon Bosatsu)
Yup, definitely a cold. I haven't really said anything all day (having spent it inside my flat and without going anywhere), but my throat has that familiar tightness. Drat. Time to buy some more Lemsip tomorrow.

Still, at least I won't have to get up till 10am or so tomorrow morning. That will definitely help.


With regard to the names of the lion, there has been much said on this subject. Some have counted up to one thousand names for the lion, but we have limited ourselves to the most famous ones.

Among its agnomens are Abu al-Ashbal and Abu al-Harith; its proper names include Bayhas, Usama, Harthama, and Kahmas. Its epithets include: the Calamitous, the Strong-Chested, the Unbending Sword, the Ill-Tempered, the Conqueror, Whose Effrontery Increases After Dark, Whose Bite is Ruinous, the Cause for Worry, Who Stalks The Herd, the Coarse, The Lion from Whom All Other Lions Flee, the Wolf, the Rapacious, the Mangler, Whose Food Has Bones in It, the Mutilator, the Limper, the Fatty, the Huge and Ponderous.* And the lioness that is visibly pregnant is called al-Khunabish.

-- The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, by Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri, translated by Elias Muhanna

* I am indebted to David Larsen's masterful translation of Ibn Khalawayh's Asma al-asad for the epithets of the lion that al-Nuwayri transmits. See Husayn ibn Ahmad ibn Khalawayh, Names of the Lion, trans. David Larsen.


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