Archaeology of Bhakti

Bhāgavatamāhātmya

Bhāgavatamāhātmya, undated edition (Gaṇapatakṛṣṇājī Mudrālaya, Bombay)

ahaṃ bhaktir iti khyātā (...)
utpannā drāviḍe sāhaṃ vrddhiṃ karṇāṭake gatā
kvacit kvacin mahārāṣṭre gurjare jīrṇatāṃ gatā (...)
vrndāvanaṃ punaḥ prāpya navīneva surūpiṇī
jātāhāṃ yuvatī samyak preṣṭharūpā tu sāṃpratam
Bhāgavatamāhātmya
I.44-49 (partim)

" [I am called Bhakti (...)]
I was born in Dravida,
grew mature in Karnataka,
Went here and there in Maharashtra,
then in Gujarat became old and worn (...)
But on reaching Brindavan I was renewed,
I became lovely once again,
So that now I go about as I ought:
a young woman of superb appearance."

Translation by John Stratton Hawley ("Seeing the Bhakti Movement," In Archaeology and Text: The Temple in South Asia, ed. by Himanshu Prabha Ray, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010, p. 234).

The Archaeology of Bhakti
August 3rd - 14th 2015

The third workshop in the series The Archaeology of Bhakti, coorganised by Valérie Gillet (EFEO, Pondicherry), Charlotte Schmid (EFEO, Paris) and E. Francis (CEIAS, EHESS & CNRS, Paris) will take place at the centre of the EFEO in Pondicherry from the 3rd to 14th August 2015.

This year's theme is "The Bhakti of Minor Dynasties". The call for contributions is available at the following link.

 

 

EFEO News
Lectures
Paris, France, 21 June 2019
As part of the research on Dunhuang conducted by the CRCAO (UMR 8155) and the EFEO, GUO Junye and DANG Yanni (Dunhuang Academy) will give the following lectures:
- "The Royal Family of Khotan and the'Nirvana Temple'" (Guo Junye)
- "The Scripture On the Ten Kings: Belief and Practices" (Dang Yanni)

From 2pm to 4pm, Maison de l'Asie, 22 avenue du Président-Wilson, 75116 Paris, salon on the 1st floor.
Paris EFEO/ASIES Seminar
Paris, France, 17 June 2019
Olivier De Bernon (EFEO) speaks on "Les élites sociales et religieuses dans les Codes anciens du Siam et du Cambodge". This seminar is part of the « Exils et Migrations » theme of the ASIAS seminar (master AMO - Asie méridionale et orientale : terrains, textes et sciences sociales).

From 10:30 to 12:00, free admission
Maison de l'Asie, 22, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris, Grand salon, 1st floor
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Exhibition ''L’imagerie populaire d’Ôtsu : un art oublié du Japon d'Edo''
Paris, France, 15 June 2019
You have until June 15 to discover the exhibition "Ôtsu-e : peintures populaires du Japon", whose catalogue is also published by the EFEO.The images of Ōtsu are anonymous paintings produced during the Edo period in villages not far from Kyoto, to be sold to travellers who used to travel along the Tokaido road.
Special Archélogia Series n°27
Paris, France, 13 June 2019
On the occasion of the Journées nationales de l'archéologie from 14 to 16 June 2019, the EFE published a Special Archélogia Series (Editions Faton) coordinated by F. Prost. It contains contributions from Christophe Marquet, Élisabeth Chabanol, Viengkèo Souksavatdy, Christine Hawixbrock et Damian Evans.
Festival de l’histoire de l’art 2019
Fontainebleau, France, 07 June 2019
The Festival de l'histoire de l'art will be held on June 7, 8 and 9, 2019 in Fontainebleau.
On this occasion, the réseau des EFE will have a stand at the book and art magazine fair, and will participate through four conferences on the theme of "People":
- Christophe Marquet - EFEO: The invention of "popular painting" in 20th century Japan
- Alain Arrault - EFEO: Domestic statuary in China (16th-20th century). From a learned and Buddhist practice to a popular re-appropriation
- Jean-Baptiste Delzant - former member of the EFR: Abu Gosh Frankish Church and its 12th century paintings: a single ensemble designed for different audiences
- Olivier Christin - in collaboration with the Casa de Velázquez: "Abstract words[that] enlarge thought" (Tocqueville). Revolution, democracy and moral architecture

Festival program