What is the Meaning of “Nanmo Fo”(南无佛)? Why is it pronounced as “Namo Fo”(那摩佛)?

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“Nanmo” is the transliteration of the Sanskrit “Namo”. The Chinese characters “南无” were used since their pronunciation was similar with “namo” in ancient times when this term was introduced into China. Such a pronunciation is still preserved now in parts of China’s Guangdong and Fujian provinces. “Namo” means salutation or homage. Even today, when Indians meet, they say “Namaste” to each other, that is “Homage to you”. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)

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