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Cultures of Sacrificial Death in 12th and 13th Century India

Cultures of Sacrificial Death in 12th and 13th Century India

The Center for India and South Asia and the UCLA Department of Art History presents Professor Daud Ali, University of Pennsylvania. The talk is a discussion of various forms of ritual suicide, both religious and secular, in the 12th and 13th century in India. Professor Ali will focus on the culture of the Hoysala dynasty in the Deccan using inscriptions, literary texts, and art.

Monday, November 15, 2010
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The paper will enquire into the practice and meanings of death and dying in early medieval South India. It will explore a set of remarkable inscriptions and monuments which give us insigtht into the varieties of styles of death in medeival south India. Focusing on materials from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries from the Hoysala dynasty which publicly memorialize very different forms of socially sanctioned suicide-from death by fasting to violent self-inflicted death, the paper will attempt to historicize the experience of death in early South India.

Biography of Professor Ali

Dr. Daud Ali is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medieval India (Cambridge 2004), co-author (with Ronald Inden and Jonathan Walters) of Querying the Medieval: Texts and the History of Practice in South Asia (Oxford 2000) and editor of Invoking the Past: the Uses of History in South Asia (Oxford 1999), and with Anand Pandian, Ethical Life in South Asia (Indiana 2010).

Cost: Free

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Juliana Espinosa
Tel: 310-531-6865