Montag, 12. Juni 2017 ; 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr. (c.t.) ; SAI E 11
HINDU DEITIES IN JAPAN
Prof. Dr. Shobha Rani Dash (Otani University, Kyoto)
WITH A SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE SARASVATĪ RESEARCH PROJECT
Although Japan is known as a Buddhist country, one can find a considerable number of Hindu deities such as Gaṇeśa, Kārttikeya, Lakṣmī, Kubera etc. worshipped there that serve as a cultural bridge to connect India and Japan in their day to day social life. Sometimes these deities play a different role there than in their original Hindu context.
One of these deities is goddess Sarasvatī as popular in Japan as much as in India. This talk will explain about the academic project in Japan on Sarasvatī and will investigate different aspects of Sarasvatī in terms of time and space, studied from textual, ritualistic and anthropological points of view.
13th June 2017, Heinrich Zimmer Saal, SAI-Bibliothek
Book Launch: Kanīyān Rājakumāraḥ
A Sanskrit translation by Prof. Gopabandhu Mishra (Benares Hindu University) of “The Little Prince“ (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) published by Edition Tintenfaß.
Poster and further details of the program.
06th - 16th June 2017, SAI Room no. 316
Spoken Sanskrit: A Crash Course6 ECTS Credit Points. No course fee!
A unique opportunity to learn Spoken Sanskrit with Prof. Gopabandhu Mishra (Banaras Hindu University, India) who is a speaker of Sanskrit and an experienced teacher of Sanskrit conversation. This course is suitable both for beginners as well as advanced students of Sanskrit.
Poster and further details of the crash course.
Freitag, 09. Juni 2017, 16:00 Uhr s.t., SAI Raum 317
The Play of the Feminine: Navarātri in Contemporary KanchipuramIna Marie Lunde Ilkama (Oslo University)
The autumnal goddess festival Navarātri is celebrated in most temples and many homes throug- hout the South Indian temple town Kanchipuram. Among Ta- mils Navarātri is largely regarded a ‘women’s festival’, mainly due to the feminine space of the kolu; tie- red altars set up in the home for the duration of 9 nights, displaying dolls (pommai) and other artifacts. Here, women in particular have clear cut ritual roles, and go ‘kolu hopping’ during Navarātri evenings admiring each other’s displays.
The role of women is also more prominent in the temples during the festival, seen e.g. in pūjās directed to or performed by women. However, women’s role, as well as Navarātri’s backdrop of celebrating the goddess’ triumph over the demonic forces, is expressed very differently in the temples and domestically, and also significantly between the temp- les themselves. This talk addresses these differences by looking into the dynamics of Navarātri in various homes and goddess temples of Kanchipuram.
Freitag 22. Mai 2017, 16:00 Uhr c.t., SAI Raum E-11Franz Veit: Śrī Harirāyajīs Kommentar des Siddhāntarahasya
(This talk would be in English)