Overview for The Archaeology of Bhakti I: Mathura and Maturai, Back and Forth
The outcome of a workshop cum conference, the volume examines the elusive, pan-Indian phenomenon of Bhakti taking into account different realms of representation such as texts and images including inscriptions that help to distinguish royal demonstrations of Bhakti from local manifestations. Referring to textual and non-textual sources, the essays by scholars explore the chronology of Bhakti across India. They view the complexities of the concept and practices of Bhakti in India. They look into the initial period of Bhakti thought, the link of religion with coinage and political ideology in the fourth and fifth centuries, medieval Tamil interpretations of Bhakti dharma, and yoga and viraha-bhakti as found in the Bhakti works, Buddhacharita and Krishnacharita. In an interesting attempt, archaeology is used to identify how literary conventions and concepts have been formed and incorporated into a given composition.
Emmanuel Francis (Editor)
Emmanuel Francis was educated at the Universite catholique de Loucain (Belgium), where he obtained his doctorate in languages and literatures (2009). He is currently a resercher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifque (CNRS) and is affiliated to be centre The first volume of his study on the royal ideology of the Pallava dynasty of South India (circa 300-900), has appeared in 2013. The second colume will appear shortly.
Charlotte Schmid (Editor)
Charlotte Schmid is director of studies of the Ecole francaise d'Extreme-orient (EEFO). She divides her research between two areas of field-work, the north and the south of the Indian subcontient. and reading texts with the help of the Pandits at the centre of the EFEO in Pondicherry enabled her to produce her most recent books.