A Preface to the Earliest Surviving Śaiva Tantra


Collection : Collection Indologie

Collection's number: 145

Editor: KAFLE (Nirajan)

Edition: EFEO, Institut français de Pondichéry (IFP)

Publication date: 2020

Status : Available


ISBN-13 : 9782855392400

Width : 17.5 cm

Height : 24.5 cm

Weight : 0.97 kg

Number of pages : 555

Distributor : EFEO Diffusion, EFEO Pondichéry Contact :

Geography : India

Language : English, Sanskrit

Place : Pondichéry

Support : Papier

Description :

17,5 x 24,5 cm, 555 p. Langages: English, Sanskrit

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This volume presents the first edition, along with an English translation, of a Sanskrit work of perhaps the seventh century surviving in a single ninth-century Nepalese witness: the Niśvāsamukhatattvasaṃhitā. It would be difficult to exaggerate the usefulness of this primary source for the history of the Śaiva religions. Ostensibly an introduction to the Niśvāsamukhatattvasaṃhitā, it purports to sketch the religious context in which the Mantramārga emerged. In so doing, it provides invaluable help in mapping the contours of the relations between four different traditions of early Śaivism, namely: 1) that of the Pāñcārthika Pāśupatas, 2) that of the Lākulas (here lokātīta), 3) the Mantramārga and 4) pre-Mantramārga "lay" practices. The work is bracketed by a detailed introduction and an appendix presenting material borrowed into the Śivadharmasaṅgraha.


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KAFLE (Nirajan)

Nirajan Kafle is a researcher of the ERC Sivadharma Project in Naples. He defended his doctorate in Lei-den (2015), where he then joined the NWO project 'From Universe of Viṣṇu to Universe of Śiva'. Previ-ously, he was researcher at the NGMCP (2002- 7, 2011- 14) and the Pondicherry EFEO (2007- 2011, 2014-16), lecturer at Lumbini University (2012-14) and Kathmandu University (2007-8), and local man-ager of Historical Documents of Nepal (2014).

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