Puspika: Tracing Ancient India Through Texts and Traditions: Contributions to Current Research in Indology Volume I

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Nina Mirnig, Peter-Daniel Szanto, Michael Williams
Oxbow Books, Dec 23, 2013 - History - 486 pages
It is perhaps commonplace to say that India is one of the world's richest and most enticing cultures. One thousand years have passed since Albiruni, arguably the first "Indologist", wrote his outsider's account of the subcontinent and two hundred years have passed since the inception of Western Indology. And yet, what this monumental scholarship has achieved is still outweighed by the huge tracts of terra incognita: thousands of works lacking scholarly attention and even more manuscripts which still await careful study whilst decaying in the unforgiving Indian climate. In September 2009 young researchers and graduate students in this field came together to present their cutting-edge work at the first International Indology Graduate Research Symposium, which was held at Oxford University. This volume, the first in a new series which will publish the proceedings of the Symposium, will make important contributions to the study of the classical civilisation of the Indian sub-continent. The series, edited by Nina Mirnig, Péter-Dániel Szántó and Michael Williams, will strive to cover a wide range of subjects reaching from literature, religion, philosophy, ritual and grammar to social history, with the aim that the research published will not only enrich the field of classical Indology but eventually also contribute to the studies of history and anthropology of India and Indianised Central and South-East Asia.
 

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Contents

Defining the Svara Bearing Unit in the siksavedanga Literature Unmasking a veiled debate
1
Puranic transformations in Cola Cidambaram The Cidambaramahatmya and the Sutasamhita
25
Unfuzzying the fuzzy The distinction between rasas and bhavas in Bharata and Abhinavagupta
49
A contribution of Vedanta to the histroy of Mimamsa Prakasatmans interpretation of verbal effectuation sabdabhavana
77
Married women and courtesans Marriage and womens room for manoeuvre as depicted in the Kathasaritsagara
105
Towards a new edition of the corpus of Pallava inscriptions
123
Did Mimamsa authors formulate a theory of action
151
Trajectories of dance on the surface of theatrical meanings a contribution to the theory of rasa from the fourth chapter of the Abhinavabharati
173
Yantras in the Buddhist TantrasYamaritantras and Related Literature
265
Saiva Siddhanta Sraddha Towards an evaluation of the socioreligious landscape envisaged by pre12th century sources
283
Constituents of Buddhahood as Presented in the Buddhabhumisutra and the 9th Chapter of the Mahayanasutralamkara A Comparative Analysis
303
The ganacchandas in the Indian metrical tradition
331
Anatmata Soteriology and Moral Psychology in Indian Buddhism
365
Paramarthika or aparamarthika? On the ontological status of separation according to Abhinavagupta
381
Thy Fierce LotusFeet Danger and Benevolence in Mediaeval Sanskrit Poems to MahisasuramardiniDurga
407
Minor Vajrayana texts II A new manuscript of the Gurupancasika
443

Dravya as a Permanent Referent The Potential Sarvastivada Influence on Patanjalis Paspasahnika
203
Rituals in the Mahasahasrapramardanasutra
225
The Lingodbhava Myth in Early Saiva Sources
241
Can we infer unestablished entities? A Madhva contribution to the Indian theory of inference
451
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Michael Williams is a lecturer in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton.

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