[INDOLOGY] Image ‘the sixty saints/monks of India’ (Raphaël Voix)

Rolf Heinrich Koch rolfheiner.koch at gmail.com
Fri Oct 11 04:55:17 EDT 2019


There is a youtube video "the 43 monks of India"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_PfY1uX_Qs

and many similar pictures in the internet.

Heiner

Am 11.10.2019 um 10:20 schrieb Valerie Roebuck via INDOLOGY:
> Dear Raphaël
>
> Have you got a link to the images?
>
> Valerie J Roebuck
> Manchester, UK
>
>
>
>> On 9 Oct 2019, at 11:07, Voix Raphael via INDOLOGY 
>> <indology at list.indology.info <mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:
>>
>> Dear all,
>>
>> I am researching on a specific image representing Indian ascetics 
>> under the title of ‘the family of the divine nectar’ or the ‘saints 
>> of India’. As the attached document shows, this kind of image has the 
>> particularity to gather side by side ascetics (mostly, but not 
>> exclusively, celibate male ones) belonging to different spiritual 
>> lineage such as Śāiva, Vaiṣṇava, but also Buddhist, Jain or Sikh. The 
>> numerous variants, I have been able to collect, differ both in the 
>> numbers of ascetics represented (42, 46, 51, 52, sometimes more), as 
>> well as their identity. Nevertheless, considering the great majority 
>> of Bengali gurus represented in each picture, it seems likely to be a 
>> regional phenomenon.
>>
>> Has any of you encountered this type of image in other states of 
>> India (I have some pieces from Maharashtra) ? If so, would you be 
>> willing to share it with me in private mode ?  Does any of you know 
>> of some old versions (before the photo area) of such representation 
>> which the authors of this type of image could draw their inspiration 
>> from ?
>>
>> I would be very grateful to those of you who will answer that query 
>> as it will help me ascertain the scope of my analysis.
>>
>> All the best,
>>
>>
>> _______________________________________
>> *Raphaël Voix*
>> Research Fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research
>> SAMAJ - South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal - Editor-in-Chief
>> Member of the french Institute of Pondichery (Umifre 21 CNRS/MAEE)
>> Associate Member of the Center for South Asian Studies (UMR 8564 
>> CNRS/EHESS)
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