[INDOLOGY] Sanskrit in the Philippines

Ananya Vajpeyi vajpeyi at csds.in
Thu Nov 18 03:34:39 UTC 2021

You might look at some of the earlier work of John Kelly, a linguistic and
cultural anthropologist at the University of Chicago, who has done
extensive work on Fiji and India (not the Philippines, but Fiji, much
further out in the Pacific Ocean), as well as maintaining an interest in
Sanskrit. A sample of his relevant publications is below, and more may be
found here: https://anthropology.uchicago.edu/people/faculty/john-d-kelly

Shanti and Mana: The Loss and Recovery of Culture Under Postcolonial
Conditions in Fiji. In E. Hermann, ed., Changing Contexts, Shifting
Meanings: Transformations of Cultural Traditions in Oceania. University of
Hawaii Press, 235-249.
‘They Cannot Represent Themselves’: Threats to Difference and So-called
Community Politics in Fiji from 1936 to 1947. In C. Bates, ed., Community,
Empire and Migration: South Asians in Diaspora. New York: Palgrave, 46-86.
Fiji’s Fifth Veda: Exile, Sanatan Dharm, and Countercolonial Initiatives in
Diaspora. In P. Richman, ed., Questioning Ramayanas. U of California Press,
Nature, Natives, Nations: Glorification and Asymmetries in Museum
Representation, Fiji and Hawaii. Ethnos. 65(2):195-216.
(co-authored with Martha Kaplan) On Discourse and Power: Cults and Orientals
in Fiji. American Ethnologist. 26(4): 843-63.

What was Sanskrit For? Metadiscursive Strategies in Ancient India. In
J.E.M. Houben, ed., Ideology and Status of Sanskrit: Contributions to the
History of the Sanskrit Language. Leiden, E.J. Brill, 87-107.
(co-authored with Martha Kaplan) Rethinking Resistance: Dialogics of
Disaffection in Colonial Fiji. American Ethnologist 21:123-151.
Meaning and the Limits of Analysis: Bhartrhari and the Buddhists, and
Poststructuralism. Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatiques 47:171-94.
A Politics of Virtue: Hinduism, Sexuality, and Countercolonial Discourse in
Fiji. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

On Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 8:45 AM sennicolas via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Greetings!  The best sources on Sanskrit in the Philippines are the
> writings of my teacher, Prof. Juan Francisco.  If you search on Google
> Scholar "Juan Francisco Sanskrit Philippines" one can get all the titles of
> his work, in addition to others.  Prof. Francisco finished his PhD at
> University of Madras
> On Thu, Nov 18, 2021 at 8:57 AM Dean Michael Anderson via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>> A few decades ago I was in the Philippines and a professor there told me
>> that the native Filipino languages had some words that originated with
>> Sanskrit. He was not interested in Indology really, and this was long
>> before Hindutva, so I don't think it's due to exaggerated cultural
>> nationalism. I was only able to find one brief reference in a book there
>> that said that their word for 'teacher' came from 'guru'. The Sanskrit
>> influence was apparently later mostly effaced due to Islam and Christianity.
>> As most people here are well aware, there was significant Hindu influence
>> in Bali and the rest of Southeast Asia. So the Philippines is not beyond
>> the imagination.
>> Are there any reliable sources that talk about the extent to which Hindu
>> or Buddhist culture may have reached the Philippines?
>> Best,
>> Dean
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