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Dienstag
25
JUL

16.15 Uhr

The King's Devotion: Rethinking Traditional Forms of Sovereignty in India through Devotional Practice

Prof. Dr. Caleb Simmons, University of Arizona, USA

In this talk I offer a new perspective on the construction and articulation of sovereignty in traditional political theology of India. Engaging with historians who have written about “ritual kingship” and state formation (mainly Kulke, Stein, Inden, and Dirks), I problematize their models of hierarchy and state structure by looking at networks of kingship and devotional traditions. I argue that by focusing on the earthly sovereigns, most models of kingship in India neglect the role of divinities as the auctors of local sovereignty. I suggest an alternative that focuses on “devotional kingship” in which the structure is a far more dynamic triangulation of vertical and horizontal sources of power and authority that provides a fuller vision of traditional Indian sovereignty.

Adresse

Südasien-Institut

Z10

Im Neuenheimer Feld 330

69120 Heidelberg

Veranstalter

Südasien-Institut, Abteilung Kultur- und Religionsgeschichte Südasiens

Homepage Veranstalter

http://www.sai.uni-heidelberg.de/abt/IND/index.php

Kontakt

Julie Pusch