January 08, 2012


khyim mtshes:

The Tibetan word for “neighbouring house/family/household” is khyim mtshes but have we thought about its etymology? Probably a good way of rendering it would be “twin-family/house/household,” and mtshe ma being the word for “twin.”   

1. khyim mtshes “twin-family/house/household”
2. shag mtshes “twin-cell,” i.e. neighbouring monastic cell/room 
3. sdum mtshes = (archaic) khyim mtshes
4. gral mtshes “twin-row,” i.e. neighbour in the same row or a row-mate
5. khang mtshes “twin-house/household,” i.e. neighbour in a village

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