[INDOLOGY] pravesha

Seishi Karashima skarashima at gmail.com
Mon Mar 6 06:36:15 UTC 2017

Dear colleagues,

Concerning *praveśa*, cf. Frederick M. Smith, *The self possessed : Deity
and spirit possession in South Asian literature and civilization* (New York
2006 : CUP) and Hiltebeitel’s review on it: JAOS 127.3 (2007), pp. 360-363,
esp. p. 362f.

With best regards,

Seishi Karashima

2017-03-05 23:36 GMT+09:00 Matthew Kapstein via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info>:

> From Buddhist tantric sources one might also add pUrapravēśa, lit.
> "entering the city,"
> referring to the yogic technique of projecting one's consciousness into
> another's body.
> The famous story of Sankara's possessing the corpse of a king so as to
> experience
> erotic pleasures exemplifies this, though I don't have the references at
> hand to
> confirm the terminology used in that case.
> However, as this and other examples cited seem to indicate, pravēśa alone
> is not
> a technical term for a particular type of ritual or religious activity. It
> can by no means
> be treated as a discrete category parallel to, say. bhakti.
> Matthew
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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