Mnemonics in Ancient India

Adela or Alain Sandness Leblanc asandn at PO-BOX.MCGILL.CA
Tue May 23 17:51:41 UTC 2000

Those interested in Ancient Indian Mnemonics may also wish to be reminded of
Charles Malamoud's article regarding memory in ancient India:

"Par coeur: Note sur le jeu de l'amour et de la m�moire dans la po�sie de
l'Inde ancienne"
in Cuire le monde: rite et pens�e dans l'Inde ancienne
(Paris:  Editions la D�couverte, 1989), 295-306.

Best wishes,

Adela Sandness

Associate Researcher
Faculty of Religious Studies
McGill University

>From: Dominik Wujastyk <ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK>
>Subject: Re: Mnemonics in Ancient India - AitAar
>Date: Tue, May 23, 2000, 6:24 AM

>On Sun, 21 May 2000, Steve Farmer wrote:
>> Proof is tough, but that's true in every scientific discipline. All
>> you can do when an historical issue is ambiguous is weigh the evidence
>> on both sides and make a tentative judgment.
>But this is exactly what Falk has been doing, surely.  Falk has looked
>longer and harder at the issue of ancient Indian writing than any other
>living scholar I can think of, except perhaps Richard Salomon.  He has
>personally walked to all the known Asokan inscription sites.  He has
>developed very interesting arguments based on graphic variablility in the
>Asokan inscriptions, etc. etc.
>Patrick is a much respected colleague and friend, and I'm sure he would be
>the first to agree that you can't present his informal conversational
>musings on this topic at the same level as Falk's extensive and sustained
>scholarly enquiry.
>> especially when some of the most important adherents of non-mainsteam
>> views are no longer on this list?
>To whom are you referring?  The people I have had to unsubscribe for rude
>behaviour number no more than about four people, and none of them -- if I
>recall -- contributed to the present topic in past discussions.  The
>INDOLOGY membership still stands at over 600 people.  I don't think you
>can really sustain a view that this list is somehow lacking in people with
>diverse views and a willingness to discuss scholarly issues energetically,
>even in sharp disagreement.  My policy about rudeness is exactly that; it
>has nothing to do with supressing views of one or other faction.
>Dominik Wujastyk
>Founder, INDOLOGY list.

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