Christopher Wallis bhairava11 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 9 13:30:35 UTC 2013

In answer to Matthew's question, this has been done in Alexis Sanderson's
forthcoming book "Śaivism and Brāhmanism".  A handout that outlines the
book's thesis is available on alexissanderson.com.

It's safe to say that the Kāpālikas were beyond the pale (vedabāhyatara)
for all orthodox brāhmaṇas, but some authorities (e.g. Aparāditya, as I
recall) rejected all initiated Śaivas as outside the Veda (vedabāhya) to
the same degree as the Buddhists. It is this (*inter alia*) that, to my
mind, makes the application of the term "Hinduism" impossible in the early
medieval period.


On 9 June 2013 06:13, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu> wrote:

> Some in this thread raised the question of the status/purity of Śaivas
> vis-a-vis
> brahmanical orthodoxy. It may be of interest here to note that in the 11th
> c.
> Prabodhacandrodaya the Kāpālikas are treated as beyond the pale but that
> other Śaivas, as well as of course the Vaiṣṇavas, are regarded as allies of
> orthodoxy.
> If no one has yet done so (and if they have, I'd be grateful for the
> references), an interesting
> project might be to map out diachronically and geographically the changes
> in
> attitude in regard to the religious traditions concerned.
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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