[INDOLOGY] Vedic Citation

Olivelle, J P jpo at austin.utexas.edu
Sat Oct 28 12:08:09 UTC 2017

Yes, indeed. I got this citation from several. Thanks to all.


On Oct 27, 2017, at 5:17 PM, Brian Campbell via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:

Dear Patrick,

I believe the boon you are referring to is from the Yajur Veda (Taittīrya Samhitā) Kanda 2 Prapathaka 5 Verse 1.

The story is told of how Indra got rid of his guilt from slaying a brahmin by making a deal with women in which they demanded a boon, "let us enjoy intercourse at will up to birth."

Best wishes,

Brian Campbell

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I wish to share the news of the publication of my book 'Heroic Sh?ktism:
the cult of Durg? in Ancient Indian Kingship'. The book is being published
by the British Academy and the Oxford University Press. A pr?cis of the
book is as follows:

'Heroic ??ktism is the belief that a good king and a true warrior must
worship the goddess Durg?, the form and substance of kingship. This belief
formed the bedrock of ancient Indian practices of cultivating political
power. Wildly dangerous and serenely benevolent at one and the same time,
the goddess's charismatic split nature promised rewards for a hero and king
and success in risky ventures.

This book is the first expansive historical treatment of the cult of Durg?
and the role it played in shaping ideas and rituals of heroism in India
between the 3rd and the 12th centuries CE. Within the story of ancient
Indian kingship, two critical transitions overlapped with the rise of
heroic ??ktism: the decline of the war-god Skanda-Mah?sena as a military
symbol, and the concomitant rise of the early Indian kingdom. As the
rhetoric of kingship once strongly linked to the older war god shifted to
the cultural narratives of the goddess, her political imagery broadened in
its cultural resonance. And indigenous territorial deities became
associated with Durg? as smaller states unified into a broader conception
of civilization.

By assessing the available epigraphic, literary and scriptural sources in
Sanskrit, and anthropological studies on politics and ritual, Bihani Sarkar
demonstrates that the association between Indian kingship and the cult's
belief-systems was an ancient one based on efforts to augment worldly

For more on the book, see https://global.oup.com/aca

There is a 30% discount if you order on the OUP website using the code


Bihani Sarkar BA, M.Phil, D.Phil (Oxon),
(Formerly: British Academic Postdoctoral Fellow, Oriental Institute, Oxford
Teaching Fellow in South Asian Religions, Leeds University,
Associate Member,  Christ Church College, Oxford University
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Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:05:38 +0200
From: John Peterson <jpeterson at isfas.uni-kiel.de<mailto:jpeterson at isfas.uni-kiel.de>>
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Subject: [INDOLOGY] PhD position: Linguistic prehistory of
        eastern-central South Asia (and beyond) - 2nd posting
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SOUTH ASIA (AND BEYOND)" at the Christian-Albrechts-Universit?t in Kiel
in north Germany, funded by the German Research Council (DFG) (PE
872/5-1), is currently seeking to fill a PhD position (E 13 TV-L, 65%)
for a period of three years (36 months) to begin 1 January, 2018 or as
soon as possible thereafter.

The primary goal of the project is to determine prehistoric language
contacts and spreads in South Asia, especially in eastern-central South
Asia, by examining distributional patterns and checking these for
potential areal and genealogical trends, constantly viewing this
information against the backdrop of what is known of the history of this
region and South Asia in general and taking the oral traditions and
historicizing myths of the individual ethnicities into consideration,
where possible. To achieve this goal, the project team will compile a
fine-grained morphosyntactic and phonological database on the languages
of sub-Himalayan South Asia, including Austro-Asiatic, Dravidian,
Indo-Aryan and Iranian languages as well as language isolates,
concentrating on eastern-central India, based on data from both
published studies and original field work, thereby providing us with
answers to many questions regarding the linguistic prehistory of this
part of the South Asian subcontinent (and beyond).

 Duties include the following:

        * Data collection from published resources on the languages of
sub-Himalayan South Asia (Austro-Asiatic, Indo-Aryan, Iranian, Dravidian
and language isolates)
        * surveying typological work on select linguistic topics
        * the development of questionnaires, as needed, for use in fieldwork
        * extensive field work in India - ca. 11 months within the first two
years of the project
        * analysis of the raw data from fieldwork
        * assisting the postdoctoral researcher with data mining and
explaining the patterns identified in the data
        * assisting the postdoctoral researcher with the organization of an
international workshop at the Christian-Albrechts-Universit?t in Kiel in
connection with the project
        * participation at various international linguistic workshops and
conferences to present the project's results

The successful candidate will hold an MA in General Linguistics (or in a
closely related field) with a background in language typology, language
description and/or language documentation (preferably all three).
Candidates with an MA in South Asian Studies / Indology will also be
considered, provided that they have a similarly strong background in
these areas. The ability to work well in a team is essential, as is the
willingness to familiarize oneself with the basic tenets of statistical
analysis, as required.

Field work experience as well as familiarity with at least one modern
South Asian language, preferably Hindi, are a definite asset, but are
not a prerequisite for this position. If chosen, a candidate who is not
familiar with Hindi will be expected to obtain a basic knowledge of
spoken and written Hindi within the first 9 months of the project.

The holder of this position will also have the opportunity to complete
his/her PhD during this time.

Kiel University aims at increasing the number of women in research and
academic teaching and strongly encourages applications of accordingly
qualified women. Women will be preferred, provided equal qualifications
and scientific performance.

The CAU supports the employment of severely disabled persons. Therefore,
severely disabled persons will be preferred, provided equal
qualifications and scientific performance.

Applications by people with a migration background are particularly

Please send applications containing a cover letter and a CV by 17
November, 2017, to the following email address:
jpeterson at isfas.uni-kiel.de<mailto:jpeterson at isfas.uni-kiel.de>

John Peterson
Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ISFAS)
Christian-Albrechts-Universit?t zu Kiel
Olshausenstra?e 40
D-24098 Kiel

Tel.: (+49) (0)431-880 2414<tel:%28%2B49%29%20%280%29431-880%202414>
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