[INDOLOGY] poison

Patricia Sauthoff sauthoff at ualberta.ca
Wed Jun 10 13:55:34 EDT 2020


Dear Michael,

This is a very good point about Meulenbeld! Thank you for making it.

On Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 11:42 AM Jonathan Silk via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Thank you Michael, I've passed on the warning!
>
> On Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 7:31 PM Michael.Slouber--- via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>
>> Dear Patricia and Jonathan,
>>
>> Just for the record, Meulenbeld does have quite a number of references to
>> this subject under synonymous terms like viṣatantra and viṣacikitsā.  And
>> as meritorious and useful as those volumes are, Meulenbeld did not use any
>> (or few at any rate) unpublished sources.  He was not aware of the Gāruḍa
>> or Bhūta Tantras as systematic classes, nor of most of the important
>> titles, despite their definitive influence on Indian medicine where it
>> involved poison/venom and exorcism in post-classical India.  Many of the
>> most important sources I used in Early Tantric Medicine were only available
>> in manuscripts.
>>
>> And Jonathan, I would encourage Charles to not jump to conclusions on the
>> origin of the material on poisons in his text, given that he has apparently
>> not read the most recent scholarship!
>>
>> All the best,
>>
>> Michael
>>
>>>> Michael Slouber, Ph.D.
>> Associate Professor, South Asian Studies
>> Global Humanities and Religions
>> Western Washington University
>>
>>
>> To:
>> Indology List <indology at list.indology.info> <indology at list.indology.info>
>>
>> Dear Johnathan,
>> There is no mention of *viṣaśāstra* in the index of the *History of Indian Medical Literature.* I am currently working on a project that catalogues *rasaśāstra* texts, which relies heavily on the *HIML.* Thus
>>  far I have come across numerous references to poisons, purifying
>> poisonous substances, etc., but no recipes for making poisons. If I do
>> happen across one I will make a note of it for you.
>> Best wishes,
>> Patricia
>> Subject:
>> Re: [INDOLOGY] poison
>>
>> From:
>> Patricia Sauthoff <sauthoff at ualberta.ca> <sauthoff at ualberta.ca>
>>
>> Date:
>> 6/9/20, 11:42 AM
>>
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