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Personified texts and magical formulas in medieval Indian Buddhist art

December 9, 2014 - 16:15-18:00

By Gudrun Melzer (Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München)
 
Abstract
After the sixth century, representations of personified mantras, spells, protection formulas and texts (Dhāraṇīs, Vidyās, Rakṣās, Prajñāpāramitā) became more and more important in Northern Indian Buddhist art. Without the knowledge of the relevant texts, however, it usually appears to be difficult to understand the meaning of the iconography in such depictions. On the other hand, the texts are not always easily to be found, and some of them may be lost. Can a close examination of iconographic details reveal some aspects of the nature of these deities? Some difficulties and possibilities of interpreting the visual language of selected sculptures from Maharashtra and Eastern India will be discussed during the talk.
 
Organized by: Oslo Buddhist Studies Forum 
Place: Seminarrom 14, P.A. Munchs hus
 
Personified texts and magical formulas in medieval Indian Buddhist art

Details

Date:
December 9, 2014
Time:
16:15-18:00