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A Sanskrit and Vedic School for Girls in Varanasi

January 15, 2018 - 14:15-16:00

Tradition, Innovation, and Resistance: A Sanskrit and Vedic School for Girls in Varanasi.

Morgenstierne Lecture by Ute Hüsken.

Seminarrom 9 PAM

The girls’ school Pāṇinikanyāmahāvidyālaya in Varanasi (established 1970) is a resident school for girls’ (aged 8 to 22 years) which hosts up to 100 girls from all over India. In this school in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge in Sanskrit and Vedic rituals is imparted to the girls, complemented by training in martial arts, music, and computer sciences. The presentation discusses the reception of this school and its activities in the influential Brahmin circles in Varanasi, contextualizes this with view of discussions of female religious agency (adhikāra) in Ancient India, and the views of the girls themselves on these matters.


Ute Hüsken is professor of Sanskrit and Head of the Indology Department at the University of Heidelberg. She has published several books, including Visnhu’s Children: Prenatal life-cycle rituals in South IndiaBuddhist Modernities: Re-inventing Tradition in the Globalizing Modern WorldThe Ambivalence of Denial and The Denial of Ritual.


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A Sanskrit and Vedic School for Girls in Varanasi


January 15, 2018


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