NABOKV-L post 0026497, Sun, 4 Oct 2015 08:26:28 -0700

Re: RES: [NABOKV-L] Four more likely origins of the name Disa
Thank you, Jansy especially for the EDNote which I hadn't received.
The Disa in the story provided by Dieter Zimmer is the same as the
legendary Disa that I found, but it was Dis as another name for Hades*
that I was actually looking for but did not find. Hades is an anagram
for Shade - or vice versa (see versipel) I suppose.


*Dieter Zimmer: 'Pluto's other names are Hades and Dis.'

On Oct 2, 2015, at 8:53 AM, Jansy Mello wrote:

C. Kunin to A.Sklyarenko: I've always assumed that Disa was somehow
related to the underworld, but never did the research. I don't think
that Disa could be related to Desdemona, and here other possible
origins [snip] Two of the sources for the name are found in Wikipedia
(in blue): Disa was the heroine of a Swedish legendary saga, which was
documented by Olaus Magnus, in 1555. It is believed to be from the
Middle Ages, but includes Old Norse themes. This Disa also makes her
appearance in early Scandinavian literature and art: The Encyclopedia
Britannica refers to the "historical comedy Disa" [snip] Further, the
saga has been treated by Johan Celsius in the prose drama Disa (1687),
which was an adaptation of Messenius' stage play in verse. Later it
was adapted by Johan Gabriel Oxenstierna in the poetic letter Disa
(1795), and in the fourth song of the poem Skördarne (1796). In the so-
called Disasal [Disa room] on the second floor of the castle of
Venngarn, there are eight large paintings depicting scenes from Disa's
saga. Additionally Dis turns out to also mean a type of Nordic sprite
(reminiscent of Pnin's mermaid-Rusalka) [snip]: By the way, another
Scandinavian meaning for Dis is simply "queen." EDNote--PS: on
Scandinavian Disa, see also Dieter Zimmer's summary in his Guide (
) at Erebia disa. -SB.

Jansy: Dis is related to "God/Gods" in Latin, since "deus" (m. god)
is irregular. It appears in Dative and Ablative plurals (deïs, diïs,


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