The Archaeology of Bhakti II
The Archaeology of Bhakti II
Royal Bhakti, Local Bhakti
Francis (Emmanuel), Schmid (Charlotte) éd.

Collection : Collection Indologie
Numéro de collections : 132
Langue : Anglais
Lieu d'édition : Pondichéry
Support : Papier
Editeur : EFEO / Institut français de Pondichéry (IFP)
Prix (Euros) : 56
Distributeur : EFEO Pondichéry Contact : / distributeur online : / distributeur Chennai :

Description :
Pondichéry : IFP / EFEO, 2016, ix-609 p.

ISBN (IFP) : 978-81-8470-212-5

ISBN (EFEO) : 978-2-85539-221-9
Résumé :
This volume is the fruit of the second workshop-cum-conference on the “Archaeology of Bhakti”, which took place from 31st July to 13th August 2013 in the Pondicherry Centre of the École française d’Extrême-Orient. “Royal Bhakti, Local Bhakti” was the topic of this scholarly encounter and is the central theme of the present volume, which attempts to clarify the roles of kings, local elites and devotional communities in the development of Bhakti.

When we look at the monuments that are the material traces of Bhakti, we expect kings and their immediate relatives to have played a key role in producing them. But temples commissioned by ruling kings are in fact relatively rare: most sacred sites resonate with the voices of many different patrons responsible for commissioning the buildings or supporting the worship conducted there. Queens, princes, palace women, courtiers, local elites, Brahmin assemblies, merchant communities, and local individuals all contributed to the dynamism of Bhakti.

Far from downplaying the importance of kings as patrons, this volume explores the interactions between these different agents. Do they represent independent and separate streams of Bhakti? Or is there a continuum from large-scale royal temples to locally designed ones? What is the royal share in the development of a Bhakti deeply rooted in a specific place? And what is the local one? How did each respond to the other? Was the patronage by members of royal courts, especially women, of the same nature as that of ruling kings?

After an introduction by the editors, fifteen scholars address such issues by examining the textual foundations of Bhakti, the use of Bhakti by royal figures, the roles of artists and performers, the mediation of queens between the royal and local spheres, and the power of sacred places. The volume concludes with an afterword by Richard H. Davis.

Table des Matières :
Introduction: King and Place
by Emmanuel Francis & Charlotte Schmid

Textual Foundations

Tīrthas, Temples, Āśramas and Royal Courts: Towards a Mahābhārata Ethnography of Early Bhakti
by Alf Hiltebeitel

Bloß Glaube? Understanding Academic Constructions of Bhakti in the Past Century
by Vishwa Adluri & Joydeep Bagchee

Devotional Elements in the Sakkapañhasutta of the Dīghanikāya
by Greg Bailey

Royal Figures

Word-Image Tango: Telling Stories with Words and Sculptures at the Kailāsanātha Temple Complex in Kāñcīpuram
by Padma Kaimal

Creating Royalty: Identity-Making and Devotional Images of the Woḍeyars of Mysore
by Caleb Simmons

The Servitude of the Travancore Royal Family to Śrīpadmanābhasvāmin
by S.A.S. Sarma

Performing Bhakti

Royal and Local Patronage of Bhakti Cult: The Case of Temple and Court Dancers
by Tiziana Leucci

Hagiography Versus History: The Tamil Pāṇar in Bhakti-Oriented Hagiographic Texts and Inscriptions
by Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan

At the Hinge

Queen Cempiyaṉ Mahādevī’s Religious Patronage in Tenth-Century South India: The “Missing Link” Between Local and Royal Bhakti?
by Nicolas Cane

Chiefly Queens: Local Royal Women as Temple Patrons in the Late Cōḻa Period
by Leslie Orr

The Power of Place

Local Bhakti or Monastic Advertising? The Functions of Medieval Jain Rock-Reliefs in Tamil Nadu
by Lisa Owen

Gods and Devotees in Medieval Tiruttaṇi
by Valérie Gillet

Found in Paratexts: Murukaṉ’s Places in Manuscripts of the Tirumurukāṟṟuppaṭai
by Emmanuel Francis

Where are the Kings? Sites of Birth and Death of Campantar
by Uthaya Veluppillai

by Richard H. Davis


List of Figures

General Index

Author Index

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