[INDOLOGY] poison

Michael.Slouber at wwu.edu Michael.Slouber at wwu.edu
Tue Jun 9 16:21:45 UTC 2020

Dear colleagues,

In post-classical India, viṣaśāstra became synonymous with a branch of 
Tantric medicine that I wrote a book about a few years ago: 

Mention of manufactured poison (kṛtrima) is rare in the literature, to 
answer Jonathan comment; one rather used poisonous plants, or less 
commonly, extracted venom.  And there are fascinating uses of minuscule 
amounts of poison for healing that I touch on in the book, responding to 
Jan's comment.



Michael Slouber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, South Asian Studies
Global Humanities and Religions
Western Washington University

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