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Francesco Bianchini studied as an undergraduate at the Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde of the University of Vienna. As part of his postgraduate studies he is now writing a thesis under the supervision of Doz. Dr. Marion Rastelli.
Francesco Bianchini is currently working at the IKGA in the context of VISCOM. He is dealing with medieval Pāñcarātra sources focusing on passages that can throw light on the links between this tradition and the institution of kingship. One of the more transparent works in this regard is the Ahirbudhnyasaṃhitā, which contains large sections describing royal chaplains and the rituals these specialists can perform on behalf of the royal patron. Unsurprisingly, much emphasis is placed on the benefits the king will be able to enjoy.