Seminar: Animals, Marginality, and Early South Asian Culture

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 9:00am

The Arch, Rooms 108-109

3601 Locust Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Seminar:  Animals, Marginality, and Early South Asian Culture

Tentative schedule 

Morning Session: 9:00 AM - 12 Noon, chaired by Xinru Liu, The College of New Jersey

9:00 – 9:10: Welcome remarks, Xinru Liu, The College of New Jersey

9: 10 – 9:55: Keynote address by Deven Patel, University of Pennsylvania

10:00 – 10:45: Pia Brancaccio, Drexel University: "Angulimala and the forest dwellers in Gandhara"

10: 50 -11: 35: Robert DeCaroli, George Mason University: "Serpents, Trees, and the Buddha: Spirit Cults and the Origins of Buddhist Devotional Practices"

11:40 – 12:00: Discussions

12:00 – 12:30: Lunch

Afternoon Session, 12:40 – 4:00 PM, chaired by Deven Patel, University of Pennsylvania

12:40 – 1:25:  Xinru Liu, The College of New Jersey: "Nagas and Dragon, how they helped spread the messages of the Buddha"

1:30 – 2: 15: Carma Hinton, George Mason University: "Vaisravana (Bishamen Tianwang, or Kupira) commands Yakshas in China"

2: 20 – 2:35: Tea break

2:40 – 3:10:  Discussions

3:10 – 3:30:  Concluding remarks