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Empowering the Sacred: The function of the Sanskrit text in a contemporary exposition of the Bhagavatapurana

Taylor, McComas

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The Bha¯gavatapura¯na is one of the master-texts of the Sanskritic archive and is the foundational source of narratives relating to the deity Krsna. Since it reached its current form about a millennium ago, public oral 'performances' of the text have been sponsored as a means of accumulating religious and social capital. These week-long events are a significant form of contemporary religious practice in the Hindu cultural world, but have received little or no scholarly attention. In this paper...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorTaylor, McComas
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:17:04Z
dc.identifier.isbn9789004217744
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/51236
dc.description.abstractThe Bha¯gavatapura¯na is one of the master-texts of the Sanskritic archive and is the foundational source of narratives relating to the deity Krsna. Since it reached its current form about a millennium ago, public oral 'performances' of the text have been sponsored as a means of accumulating religious and social capital. These week-long events are a significant form of contemporary religious practice in the Hindu cultural world, but have received little or no scholarly attention. In this paper I describe one such event that was held in Uttarakhand, North India, in November 2009. What is the role of the Sanskrit text in the oral performance? I identity four functions: first, the text provided a focus of ritual action; second, it was the source of the overall structure and content of the event; third, it was the object of the exponents daily silent reading or pa¯ra¯yana; finally, it was the source of many of the Sanskrit verses around which the exponent constructed his vernacular comment. In concluding, I argue that a spectrum of social and cultural practices-ritual, oral, textual and performative-all contribute towards the validation and empowerment of discourses relating to Krnsa.
dc.publisherKoninklijke Brill
dc.relation.ispartofOrality, Literacy and Performance in the Ancient World
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.titleEmpowering the Sacred: The function of the Sanskrit text in a contemporary exposition of the Bhagavatapurana
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor210302 - Asian History
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9910377xPUB219
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationTaylor, McComas, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage129
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage149
local.identifier.absseo950502 - Understanding Asia's Past
dc.date.updated2016-06-14T09:21:01Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationLeiden, The Netherlands
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