[INDOLOGY] earliest attested mudras in South Asia?
Dean Michael Anderson
eastwestcultural at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 3 23:11:45 EST 2017
Mudrā: A Study of Symbolic Gestures in Japanese Buddhist
Sculpture, by Dale Saunders, says this:
"It is certain that the ritual gesture we now as the mudrā existed even
before the organization of Buddhism into a religious system. Its use in the
Veda is attested, while its presence in the magical rites of primitive
Buddhism is undeniable. The appearance of mudrā in Tantrism constitutes, we may
say a sort of renaissance of the earlier gestures, probably blurred during
the first centuries A.D. Nevertheless, it is probably that the mudrā was
used in uncodified rites as early as that period, though the question of its
exact ritual value is at present unsolved." (p. 31)
Can anyone point me to the earliest evidence for the use of mudras in South Asia?
Dr. Dean AndersonEast West Cultural Institute
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