Short bio

Marion Rastelli studied Indology and Sociology at the University of Vienna, completing her PhD in 1998. She qualified as professor (habilitation) in 2006.

Rastelli does research on the religious history of Hindu traditions. Her special field is the Vaiṣṇava tradition of Pāñcarātra in all its aspects, including historical development, social structure, religious rituals, yoga practice, as well as cosmological and theological teachings. She is also interested in the relationship of Pāñcarātra to the philosophical school of Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta, with a focus on the works of Veṅkaṭanātha (13th/14th century) (see Veṅkaṭanātha and the tradition of Pāñcarātra).

Rastelli has been involved since 1995 in the international project "Tāntrikābhidhānakośa: Dictionnaire des termes techniques de la littérature hindoue tantrique" (Dictionary of Technical Terms from Hindu Tantric Literature), for which she writes articles. Since 2006 she has served as one of the dictionary's editors, together with Dominic Goodall (École française d'Extrême-Orient).



Edited volumes

Nina Mirnig, Marion Rastelli, Vincent Eltschinger (eds.), 2019
Tantric Communities in Context. (BKGA 99.) Wien: VÖAW, 2019 (download PDF [open access] or order online).

Gerhard Oberhammer, Marion Rastelli (eds.), 2007
Studies in Hinduism IV: On the Mutual Influences and Relationship of Viśiṣṭādvaita Vedānta and Pāñcarātra. (BKGA 54.) Wien: VÖAW, 2007 (download [open access] or order online).

Gerhard Oberhammer, Marion Rastelli (eds.), 2002
Studies in Hinduism III: Pancaratra and Visistadvaitavedanta. (BKGA 40.) Wien: VÖAW, 2002 (order online).