SOAS University of London

Department of Religions & Philosophies, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Michael Willis - The Waking and Sleeping of Lord Vishnu: A Seasonal Festival and the Archaeology of Royal Ritual

Michael Willis

Date: 3 May 2016Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 3 May 2016Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

This lecture will introduce a well-known Hindu ritual cycle, the waking and sleeping of Vishnu, that is connected to the pattern of the Monsoons in south Asia and was developed in the fifth century CE. The ritual was connected with the Gupta dynasty (circa 320-490) and can be traced in their literature and inscriptions, as well as some of the leading sites connected with the Gupta kings.

Michael Willis is leading "Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State," a project funded by the European Research Council and based in the British Museum, the British Library and SOAS. 

Organiser: Peter Fl├╝gel

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