Индоир. gandharvá- и его (не)индоевропейские родственники: сравнительно-мифологические заметки
This article focuses on the etymology of Indo-Iranian gandharvá- and possible related words outside Indo-Iranian
languages. Even though the old comparison of Skt. gandharvá- and Gr. κένταυρος is phonologically untenable and cannot bring us to any reconstructable Proto-Indo-European form, their phonetic similarity should not be neglected or considered accidental and is furthermore corroborated by evidence from comparative mythology. It seems very likely that both words were borrowed from some Near Eastern non-Indo-European language, possibly Kassite or a related language, being perhaps eventually traceable to a Proto-West-Caucasian etymon.