P10
Divinization in South Asian traditions

Convenors:
Diana Dimitrova (University of Montreal)
Tatiana Oranskaia (Universitaet Hamburg)
Location:
21D68a
Start time:
24 July, 2014 at 11:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

We invite papers that discuss the processes of divinization in South Asian traditions. -Conceptions of divinization (ritual, mystic, heroic, etc.) -Relations and types of communication between humans and the divinized -Representations of the divine in oral, written and visual forms

Long abstract:

We invite papers that discuss the processes of divinization in South Asian traditions. The panel will focus on the following topics: -Conceptions of divinization (ritual, mystic, heroic, etc.) -Relations and types of communication between humans and the divinized -Representations of the divine in oral, written and visual forms The fields of inquiry should include genealogy of gods, bhakti, Sufi beliefs, ancestor worship, local cults, guruism and much more. Significant points of discussion would be the role that the concept of the divine and the processes of divinization play in the construction and legitimation of a certain religious tradition and/or practice; they could also be explored from the point of view of their social and political implications. It is expected that the discussions will contribute to our understanding of interrelations between religious and ethical conceptions and religious pragmatism in the Indian Subcontinent. The papers should be: - based on methodological analysis of oral, written or visual texts that have their origin in the subcontinent or the countries of the South Asian Diaspora; - original and not presented elsewhere.