Mystery chapter of the Rudrayaamala Tantra

Rosane Rocher rrocher at SAS.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jan 28 22:00:53 UTC 2013

Alas, it has eluded us.  Part of the /Rudrayāmalatantra /or not, we 
could not find it in Colebrooke's collection of Sanskrit manuscripts.  RR

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Subject: 	Re: [INDOLOGY] Mystery chapter of the Rudrayaamala Tantra
Date: 	Mon, 28 Jan 2013 16:37:33 -0500
From: 	Laura Harrington <lharring at>
To: 	Rosane Rocher <rrocher at>

Dear Dr. Rocher,

It is a privilege to hear from you; I am a great admirer of your work, 
including the Making of Western Indology. If memory serves, you 
suggest  that the sources of the Jatimala have remained a vexed issue 
for Indologists. Am I wrong? Regrettably, I don't have The Making of 
Western Indology in front of me; the  interlibrary library loan staff 
snatched it away.

Many thanks
Laura Harrington

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On Jan 28, 2013, at 4:29 PM, Rosane Rocher <rrocher at SAS.UPENN.EDU 
<mailto:rrocher at SAS.UPENN.EDU>> wrote:

> You may wish to refer to p. 42 of Rosane Rocher and Ludo Rocher,///The 
> Making of Western Indology: Henty Thomas Colebrooke and the East India 
> Company /(Routledge, 2012). //
> Best wishes,
> Rosane Rocher
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> Subject: 	[INDOLOGY] Mystery chapter of the Rudrayaamala Tantra
> Date: 	Mon, 28 Jan 2013 14:23:30 -0500
> From: 	Laura Harrington <lharring at BU.EDU>
> Reply-To: 	Laura Harrington <lharring at BU.EDU>
> To: 	INDOLOGY at
> I am trying to track down a text that is alluded to in a late 
> eighteenth century essay by Henry Colebrooke as the “Garland of 
> Classes” (/Jaatimaala/). It is, in his words, a chapter 
> of/Rudra-yaamala-tantra/.
> It is not clear from what /Rudra-yaamala-tantra/ Colebrooke owned; a 
> work by that name does not appear in his extant collection of 
> manuscripts. Current scholarly consensus on the /Rudra-yaamala-tantra/ 
> suggests that, though routinely cited as an important text in the 
> Kaula Tantric tradition, the “original” text is lost. There is a 
> version of a text with the same name has been published in a Sanskrit 
> edition by the Vacasampati Press, Calcutta. However, it does not 
> contain a /Jaatimaala/chapter.
> Can anybody shed light on the nature or whereabouts of this elusive 
> chapter?
> Many thanks
> Laura Harrington

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