Old Sinitic *Mᵞag, Old Persian Maguš, and English “Magician”

  title={Old Sinitic *Mᵞag, Old Persian Magu{\vs}, and English “Magician”},
  author={Victor H. Mair},
  journal={Early China},
  pages={27 - 47}
  • V. Mair
  • Published 1990
  • History
  • Early China
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