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Lecture on Brahmanism

Jun 10, 2013

Prof. Dr. Johannes Bronkhorst from Lausanne University gave a lecture on “Who is a Brahmin?”. The lecture was held on June 10, 2013, at 4 pm in room 212 at the Karl Jaspers Centre.

The phenomenon of Brahmanism is a mysterious phenomenon. It is not a regional culture, even though it was largely confined to one region during the final centuries preceding the Common Era. It is not a religion, even though it showed a remarkable aptitude to absorb local religions. Therefore Prof. Johannes Bronkhorst addressed questions such as which are the rules that determine whether one is a Brahmin or not? Are there known cases of outsiders who succeeded in becoming Brahmins and how are they to be interpreted? Prof. Johannes Bronkhorst is a leading Indologist and emeritus professor at the University of Lausanne.

Furthermore, a workshop by Prof. Bronkhorst on the "Greater Magadha theses” is offered. The workshop encompasses a preparatory session on June 3, 11-13, and a second session on June 11, 9-11, in room 112 at the Cluster. Those who are interested in participating please send an e-mail to Björn-Ole Kamm (kamm@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de).

The lecture and the workshop are organised by the Collaborative Research Centre "Ritual Dynamics" in cooperation with the Cluster "Asia and Europe".


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