[INDOLOGY] [Publication Announcement] Sāhib Kaula's Tree of Languages (Kalpavṛkṣa)

Roland Steiner steiner at staff.uni-marburg.de
Fri May 13 10:06:28 UTC 2022

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to bring a new publication to your attention:


Jürgen Hanneder
Sāhib Kaula's Tree of Languages (Kalpavṛkṣa)
A multilingual carmen cancellatum from 17th century Kashmir.
Marburg 2021. x, 124 pp.

ISBN 978-3-923776-66-5 (Hardcover)
15.5 x 22cm, 330g
€ 32,00

ISBN 978-3-923776-67-2 (eBook)
€ 23,99

The Kalpavṛkṣa was composed in the 17th century by the Kashmirian  
author Sāhib Kaul and is edited here in its original Sanskrit for the  
first time. During the editing process it became clear that the "text"  
of the Kalpavṛkṣa is only the basis of an elaborate piece of verbal  
art, a crossword-like carmen cancellatum, which was originally  
displayed on a large cloth. Three of these are preserved today. The  
Kalpavṛkṣa is not only the largest carmen cancellatum known in world  
literature, with its roughly thirty languages used for its intexts, it  
is also displays a baffling multilingualism.



Best regards,
Roland Steiner

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