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Grammatical gender of the "5 unmanned ones"?


#1

A silly question:

In Chinese, the ‘five varieties of the unmanned’ are the 五種不男.

The unmanned are the 不男, which is a Chinese translation of the term “paṇḍaka”.

How does one pluralize this? Is it masculine or neuter?


#2

I answered my own question: paṇḍakāḥ.


#3

A bit of literary self stimulation. :smile:


#4

I am wondering if the Chinese translation indicates that the translators had an original that either a) confused paṇḍaka & napuṃsaka, or b) had a derivation of napuṃsaka rather than paṇḍaka.