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Nisvasa Mukhatattva Samhita- A Preface to The Earliest Surviving Saiva Tantra

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Item Code: NAY008
Author: Nirajan Kafle
Publisher: Institut Francais De Pondichery
Language: Sanskrit Text with English Translation
Edition: 2020
ISBN: 9788184702378
Pages: 555
Other Details 9.50 X 6.50 inch
Weight 980 gm
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This volume presents the first edition, along with an English translation, of a Sanskrit work of perhaps the seventh century surviving in a single ninth-century Nepalese witness: the Nisvasamukhatattvasamhita. It would be difficult to exaggerate the usefulness of this primary source for the history of the Saiva religions. Ostensibly an introduction to the Nisvasatattvasamhita, it purports to sketch the religious context in which the Mantramarga emerged. In so doing, it provides invaluable help in mapping the contours of the relations between four different traditions of early Saivism, namely: 1) that of the Pancarthika Pasupatas, 2) that of the Lakulas (here lokatita), 3) the Mantramarga and 4) pre-Mantramarga "lay" practices. The work is bracketed by a detailed introduction and an appendix presenting material borrowed into the Sivadharmasangraha.

Ce volume presente la premiere edition, accompagnee d'une traduction anglaise, d'un ouvrage sanskrit du VII’ siecle conserve dans un unique manuscrit nepalais du IX’ siecle : la Nisvasamukhatattvasamhita. Il serait difficile d'exagerer l'importance de ce texte pour l'histoire des courants religieux shivaites. Se presentant comme une preface a la Nisvasa-tattvasamhita, il permet en effet de se representer le contexte religieux dans lequel emerge le Mantramarga, le courant dominant du shivaisme tantrique dans la seconde moitie du premier millenaire. Il fournit ainsi une aide precieuse pour comprendre les relations entre quatre traditions differentes du shivaisme ancien, a savoir: 1) celle des Pasupata pancarthika, 2) celle des Lakula (lokatita), 3) le Mantramarga et 4) les pratiques « laiques » anterieures au Mantramarga. Le texte edite est precede par une introduction detaillee et suivi par une edition des emprunts textuels attestes dans un texte legerement plus tardif; le Sivadharmasangraha.

About the Author

Nirajan Kafle is a researcher of the ERC Sivadharma Project in Naples. He defended his doctorate in Leiden (2015), where he then joined the NWO project 'From Universe of Visnu to Universe of Siva'. Previously, he was researcher at the NGMCP (2002-7, 2011-14) and the Pondicherry EFEO (2007-2011, 2014-16), lecturer at Lumbini University (2012-14) and Kathmandu University (2007-8), and local manager of Historical Documents ofNepal (2014).

Nirajan Kafle est chercheur post-doctorant a l'universite de Naples, au sein du projet europeen « Sivadharma ». Il a soutenu sa these a Leyde en 2015, ou il a ensuite rejoint le projet « From Universe of Visnu to Universe of Siva ». Auparavant, it avait ete chercheur au NGMCP (2002-2007, 2011-2014) et au Centre EFEO de Pondichery (2007-2011, 2014-2016), chargé de cours aux universites de Lumbini (2012-2014) et de Kathmandu (2007-2008) et responsable local des Historical Documents of Nepal (2014).

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