MAJEWSKI, Valenty Skorochód

MAJEWSKI, Walenty Skorochód. 1764 — Warsaw 3.7.1835. Polish Dilettante interested in Sanskrit. He learnt some Sanskrit from Carey’s grammar and became interested in similarities between Polish and Sanskrit vocabulary. His studies he presented in the Society of friends of science (?) in Warsaw. According to Pobożniak: ”He wrote on Sanskrit grammar and literature, on the brotherhood of Slaves and Indians and even he cast Devanagari letters to print some Sanskrit texts and translated them. He was, however, an autodidact and his translations were a little phantastic.” His 1816 book contains a brief grammar and glossary of Sanskrit based on Paulinus a S. Bartolomaeo.

Publications: O słaawianach i ich pobratymcach. Warsaw 1816; Grammatyka mowy starożytnych skuthow … samskrytem czyli dokładną mową zwaney… 1828.

Sources: *Tadeusz Mencel in Polski Słownik Biograficzny 13, 1974, 195-197; Pobożniak, Sanskrit Studies Outside India 1, 123; *several further sources in Internet in Polish.

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