The Archaeology of Bhakti I: Mathura and Maturai, Back and Forth

Couverture du livre « The Archaeology of Bhakti I: Mathura and Maturai, Back and Forth » de Charlotte Schmid et Emmanuel Francis aux éditions Ecole Francaise Extreme Orient
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This volume-the outcome of a workshop-cum-conference that took place from 1st to 12th August 2011 in the Pondicherry Centre of the École française d'Extrême-Orient,-is an invitation to practise the "archaeology of Bhakti" with the help of both textual and non-textual sources.

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This volume-the outcome of a workshop-cum-conference that took place from 1st to 12th August 2011 in the Pondicherry Centre of the École française d'Extrême-Orient,-is an invitation to practise the "archaeology of Bhakti" with the help of both textual and non-textual sources.

Bhakti, broadly defined as an attitude, a strategy or a style of devotion-one that may be intellectual, emotional or rooted in acts of worship-towards God or the Divine, manifests itself through the personal voices of devotees as well as through the collective effort that constitutes the building of a temple. The "archaeology of Bhakti" aims at correlating different realms of representation, such as texts and images, in order to illuminate the elusive, pan-Indian phenomenon of Bhakti. The focus is on sources, agencies and layers. A special attention is given to inscriptions, which belong both to the realm of artefacts and to that of texts, and which help to distinguish royal demonstrations of Bhakti from local manifestations. In the realm of textual sources, "archaeology" is put to work to identify how literary conventions and concepts have formed and been incorporated, layer upon layer, into a given composition.
After an introduction by the editors about the complexities of the concept and practices of Bhakti in the Indian world, essays by nine scholars explore the phenomena of Bhakti and their chronology from different perspectives (textual, epigraphical, archaeological, iconographical). In the course of these explorations, the reader is transported from the North to the South of the subcontinent, back and forth between Mathur? and Maturai.

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