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Angermeier, Vitus et al. (Eds.): Puṣpikā: Proceedings of the 12th International Indology Graduate Research Symposium (Vienna, 2021), Heidelberg: Heidelberg Asian Studies Publishing, 2023 (Puṣpikā – Tracing Ancient India through Texts and Traditions: Contributions to Current Research in Indology, Volume 6).


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Vitus Angermeier , Christian Ferstl , Dominik A. Haas , Channa Li (Eds.)

Puṣpikā: Proceedings of the 12th International Indology Graduate Research Symposium (Vienna, 2021)

In the series Puṣpikā – Tracing Ancient India through Texts and Traditions: Contributions to Current Research in Indology, the proceedings of the International Indology Graduate Research Symposium (IIGRS) are published. Puṣpikā is a peer-reviewed series that provides early-career scholars with a platform to share the results of their research on pre-modern South Asian cultures.

This is the 6th volume in the series, containing thirteen articles based on the talks presented at the 12th IIGRS online and in Vienna, Austria on 22–24 July 2021.

Vitus Angermeier is a scholar in the field of South Asian Studies / Indology, especially interested in Āyurveda, the Indian epics and the Arthaśāstra. Within these areas he concentrates on topics such as nature reception, conceptions of geography and space, cultural development and ethical concepts. Since 2022 he has been the head of the FWF-funded research project “Epidemics and Crisis Management in Pre-modern South Asia,” based at the University of Vienna.

Christian Ferstl obtained his MA and PhD degrees in the field of South Asian Studies from the University of Vienna. Currently he is lecturer on the Sanskrit language and literature at the University of Vienna and collaborator in a research project on the history and textual transmission of Nyāya philosophy, funded by the University of Leipzig. His research interests include Indian religions, Sanskrit and Prakrit poetry and literary cognitivism.  

Dominik A. Haas obtained his PhD from the University of Vienna in 2022 with a dissertation on the Gāyatrī-Mantra. He has published and given lectures on the topics of Hinduism, Vedic religion, mantras, deification, and yoga. Following an interdisciplinary approach, he combines philological and historical research with methods and insights from various fields, ranging from text linguistics to religious studies. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Vienna.

Channa Li is a scholar in Buddhist studies at the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She applies philological and historical approaches in studying Buddhist texts and ideological developments in the spread of Buddhism from India to China (via Central Asia) and to Tibet. The aim of her current FWF-project is to produce critical editions of the Chinese and Tibetan translations of a Mahāyāna work. The project will shed light on the complex history of Tibetan scripture translations as well as on the development of the Maitreya (Future Buddha) cult.


Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Vitus Angermeier, Christian Ferstl, Dominik A. Haas, Channa Li
Vitus Angermeier, Dominik A. Haas
Jürgen Hanneder
Reflections of a Veteran on a Strange Concept
Ge Ge
maṅgala in the Eyes of the Vaiśeṣikas from the 9th to the 15th Century CE
Mercy Dutta
A Historical Analysis of ‘Feeling’ in Bāṇabhaṭṭa’s Kādambarῑ
Devdutta Kakati
Reflections on the Polity of Kāmarūpa during the Reign of Bhāskaravarman
Rosina Pastore
On Six Categories of Reasoning in Brajvāsīdās’s Prabodhacandrodaya Nāṭaka
Amandine Wattelier-Bricout
A Key to Identify the Religious Affiliation of the Original Skandapurāṇa
Dominique Marcel Baur
Omens in Jyotiḥśāstra, the Pāñcarātra-Saṃhitās and the Purāṇas
Anna Scarabel
Two Competing Discourses on Icon Worship in 19th- and 20th-Century India
Charlotte Gorant
A Heavenly Abode and an Unfortunate Birth
List of Contributors