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Ritual

Funerals and life after death: Some Hindu perspectives

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor S. Ramaratnam
Date: 
Thursday, April 29, 2004 - 12:15
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First name (inc. titles): 
Professor S.

Pilgrimage as a geographic ritual in South Indian Hinduism

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Remy Delage
Date: 
Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 16:30
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First name (inc. titles): 
Remy

The shrine in early Hinduism: The changing sacred landscape

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Himanshu Prabha Ray
Date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2005 - 16:15
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This lecture counters the linear view of religious change in South Asia, which suggests that the Hindu temple came into its own after the decline of Buddhism in the fourth-fifth centuries AD. Instead the presentation shows that the temple form was part of a common architectural vocabulary widely used from the second century BC onwards not only for the Buddhist shrine, but also for the Hindu and Jain temples and several local and regional cults.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Himanshu Prabha

The poetics of sovereignty in early Vedic liturgies

Lecture Type: 
Text, context, and interpretation seminars
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr T. Proferes
Date: 
Friday, February 17, 2006 - 13:15
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Recently there has been a general interest in the relation of religion to kingship in the history of Indian religions. In the context of this interest, the seminar examines the relationship between power and ritual through showing how sovereignty is expressed in Vedic liturgies.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr T.

An Introduction of ritual and philosophy of the Vaishnavas based especially on the Pancaratra system

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Gaya Charan Tripathi
Date: 
Monday, May 12, 2008 -
09:30 to 17:30
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Professor Gaya Charan

Hindu domestic rituals (eight lectures)

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor S. Ramaratnam
Date: 
Thursday, May 1, 2003 -
09:30 to 17:30
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First name (inc. titles): 
Professor S.

Contested Meanings: Pilgrimage and Ritual Space in Bhuban Cave, Assam, India

Lecture Type: 
Majewski Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Arkotong Longkumer
Date: 
Monday, February 28, 2011 -
17:00 to 18:00
Location: 
Lecture Room 1, Oriental Institute

This paper explores a pilgrimage the author undertook with a group of pilgrims to the Bhuban cave in Assam, the assumed starting point of a religious reform movement known as the Heraka. He examines the interaction of the Heraka with different religious groups in the Bhuban cave (various ‘Hindus’, and indigenous religions). Dr.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Arkotong

Yajna and Puja: A Comparison of the Ritual Archetypes

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Conference 2007
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Natalia R. Lidova
Date: 
Saturday, October 20, 2007 - 10:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

Session 8 of the 2007 Shivdasani Conference. 

The correlation between yajña and puja may well be one of the most complicated problems in Indology. Yajña and puja are known to have been mutually counterposed in the Indian tradition. At any rate, they were topical in different periods of its evolution. Yajña held pride of place as a solemn rite in the Vedic time, while puja became widespread in the post-Vedic era to become the central ritual of Hinduism.
First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Natalia

How japa changed between the Vedas and the bhakti traditions: the evidence of the Jāpakopākhyāna (Mbh 12.189–93)

Lecture Type: 
Majewski Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor John Brockington
Date: 
Monday, October 24, 2011 -
17:00 to 19:00
Location: 
Lecture Room 1, Oriental Institute

The term japa is one that has a long history within the family of Hindu traditions but the difference between the murmuring of Vedic mantras as an accompaniment to sacrificial rituals and the meditative repetition of a divine name in bhakti traditions is considerable. In an attempt to find some evidence for the development process involved, I shall examine theJāpakopākhyāna (MBh 12.189–93), a text which seems in some ways incongruous in its context, and will also survey the occurrence of japa and its cognates throughout theMahābhārata. I seek to unravel the textual history of the passage and

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor John

Tracking the Trajectory of Religious Material Culture in Tamil Nadu

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Kala Shreen
Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2011 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

This paper provides a critical overview of select aspects of religious material culture among the people of Tamilnadu. It first discusses how materials are construed in the ritual context, their agency and efficacy and the continuities seen in the process of engagement between the people and the objects. Secondly, it deals with the changing dynamics of the engagement between the people and the ritual objects, the changing social lives of these objects and examines the processes of commoditization, aestheticization and appropriation.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Kala