Nina Mirnig, Peter Daniel Szanto, Michael Williams (eds.), 2013
Puṣpikā: Tracing Ancient India through Texts and Traditions. Contributions to Current Research in Indology. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2013.

It is perhaps commonplace to say that India is one of the world's richest and most enticing cultures. One thousand years have passed since Albiruni, arguably the first "Indologist", wrote his outsider's account of the subcontinent and two hundred years have passed since the inception of Western Indology. And yet, what this monumental scholarship has achieved is still outweighed by the huge tracts of terra incognita: thousands of works lacking scholarly attention and even more manuscripts which still await careful study whilst decaying in the unforgiving Indian climate.

In September 2009 young researchers and graduate students in this field came together to present their cutting-edge work at the first International Indology Graduate Research Symposium, which was held at Oxford University. This volume, the first in a new series which will publish the proceedings of the Symposium, will make important contributions to the study of the classical civilisation of the Indian sub-continent. The series, edited by Nina Mirnig, Péter-Dániel Szántó and Michael Williams, will strive to cover a wide range of subjects reaching from literature, religion, philosophy, ritual and grammar to social history, with the aim that the research published will not only enrich the field of classical Indology but eventually also contribute to the studies of history and anthropology of India and Indianised Central and South-East Asia.

Table of Contents

1. Defining the Svara Bearing Unit in the śikṣāvedāṅga literature: Unmasking a veiled debate. (Giovanni Ciotti)

2. Purāṇic transformations in Cola Cidambaram: The Cidambaramāhātmya and the Sūtasaṃhitā. (Whitney Cox)

3. Unfuzzying the fuzzy. The distinction between rasas and bhāvas in Bharata and Abhinavagupta. (Daniele Cunio)

4. A Contribution of Vedānta to the history of Mimāṃsa: Prakāsātman’s interpretation of “verbal effectuation” (śabdabhāvanā""). (Hugo David)

5. Married women and courtesans: Marriage and women’s room for manoeuvre as depicted in the Kathā-sarit-sāgara. (Iris Iran Farkhondeh)

6. Towards a new edition of the corpus of Pallava inscriptions. (Emmanuel Francis)

7. Did Mimāṃsa authors formulate a theory of action? (Elisa Freschi)

8. Trajectories of dance on the surface of theatrical meanings: a contribution to the theory of rasa from the fourth chapter of the Abhinavabhāratī. (Elisa Ganser)

9. Dravya as a Permanent Referent: The Potential Sarvastivada Influence on Patañjali’s Paspasahnika. (Alastair Gornall)

10. Rituals in the Mahāsahasrapramardanasūtra. (Gergely Hidas)

11. The Liṅgodbhava Myth in Early Śaiva Sources. (Nirajan Kafle)

12. Yantras in the Buddhist Tantras – Yamaritantras and Related Literature. (Kenichi Kuranishi)

13. Śaiva Siddhānta Śrāddha: Towards an evaluation of the socio-religious landscape envisaged by pre-12th century sources. (Nina Mirnig)

14. Constituents of Buddhahood as Presented in the Buddhabhūmisūtra and the 9th Chapter of the Mahāyānasūtrālaṃkāra: A Comparative Analysis. (Ayako Nakamura)

15. The gaṇacchandas in the Indian metrical tradition. (Andrew Ollett)

16. Anātmatā, Soteriology and Moral Psychology in Indian Buddhism. (Antoine Panaioti)

17. Pāramārthika or apāramārthika? On the ontological status of separation according to Abhinavagupta. (Isabelle Ratie)

18. Thy Fierce Lotus-Feet: Danger and Benevolence in Mediaeval Sanskrit Poems to Mahiṣāsuramardinī-Durgā. (Bihani Sarkar)

19. Minor Vajrayāna texts II. A new manuscript of the Gurupañcaśikā. (Péter-Dániel Szántó)

20. Can we infer unestablished entities? A Madhva contribution to the Indian theory of inference. (Michael Williams)