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Translocal Identities. The Åšivadharma and the Making of Regional Religious Traditions in Premodern South Asia

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Project "SHIVADHARMA" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Via Chiatamone 61/62
city: naples
postcode: 80121

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 1˙499˙348 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙348 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2018-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-12-01   to  2023-11-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI L'ORIENTALE IT (naples) coordinator 1˙174˙788.00
2    ECOLE FRANCAISE D'EXTREME-ORIENT FR (PARIS) participant 172˙500.00


 Project objective

This project aims at examining the impact of the spread of the Åšaiva religion on the formation of regional religious identities in South Asia from the Middle Ages to premodern times. In order to tackle this issue, the Principal Investigator and her team will examine the historical evidence connected with a still little studied but highly influential tradition of Sanskrit texts collectively called “Åšivadharma” (= “Åšaiva Religion”), which have been transmitted in some of the most representative regions of South Asia to exhibit the continuing influence of Åšavisim. The impact of this literature can be traced in multiple literary, epigraphical and iconographic sources, making it particularly suitable for a multidisciplinary study in which the analysis and edition of texts goes hand in hand with that of the inscriptions and archaeological context. The regions that will be considered for this project are: Nepal, the Deccan area (with connections to the Andhra coast), the northeastern area of the Bay of Bengal (present-day West Bengal and Odisha), Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The Åšivadharma texts, composed around the 6th to 7th century, are mostly related to the institutional and cultural facets of lay religion, thus offering access to information on the material and practical aspects of Åšaivism at a time corresponding to its rise to monarchical patronage in South and Southeast Asia. The main focus of the team’s research will be on the process of how these texts were adapted to the different regional contexts in which they are transmitted, as well as the assessment of the impact that their knowledge had on the formation of local Åšaivism. We will thus study the manuscript transmission of the texts, along with the texts themselves in their regional variants; translations and commentaries on the texts in Sanskrit and Dravidian languages; and the inscriptions and icons of religious centers that are linked to the texts and the religious current sponsoring them.

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