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vata

noun

in Ayurvedic medicine, one of the three humors or doshas that determine a person's temperament - made up or air or ether and active in bodily movements

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The vata dosha possesses all the properties of air, such as force, vacuum, dryness, coldness, lightness, wind, and dehydration.

Word Origin

Sanskrit "wind"

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  • Of the same order of deities are vata or Vayu, the wind, and Parjanya, the rain-storm.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies
  • These storm-demons in their chariots have their forerunner in vata or Vayu, the subject of one of the most beautiful Vedic hymns.

    Demonology and Devil-lore Moncure Daniel Conway

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