[INDOLOGY] vāstśāstra

rajam rajam at earthlink.net
Wed Feb 18 20:40:45 EST 2015

Dear Professor Tieken,

Would that student be interested in Tamil sources? If so, please let me know and I’ll send her references that might be useful


> On Feb 18, 2015, at 1:15 PM, Tieken, H.J.H. <H.J.H.Tieken at hum.leidenuniv.nl> wrote:
> The Hague, 18 February 2015.
> Dear list members,
> A history student from Delhi (JNU) presently in Leiden is writing a paper on vāstuśāstras as a source of historical studies. I want her at least to know of the ideas such as expressed by Vincent Lefèvre, in his book Commanditaires & artistes en Indu du Sud. Des Pallava aux Nāyak (VI-XVIII siècle). Paris 2006, pp. 95-107 regarding the practical use (or rather, the absence of that) of such texts for the artisans and craftsmen: Briefly, the texts were mainly concerned with rituals; whatever practical information on construction etc. which is there, is there as a by-product of the ritual interest. If artisans refer to these texts they do so to enhance their status.
> Unfortunately, the student does not read French. I hope that some of the members of this list are able to suggests some publications in English which deal with these matters.
> With kind regards, Herman Tieken 
> Herman Tieken
> University of Leiden
> The Netherlands
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