Dienstag, 24. November 2015, 17:00 - 19:00 iCal

Dynamics of ‘Complementary Filiation’

Monasteries (ma?has) and the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha

Seminarraum 1 des Institutes für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Universitätscampus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


A lecture by Reecha Thakur (Independent Social Scientist affiliated to the Labanya Institute of Indian Studies, Bhubaneswar)


The monasteries (ma?has) in Puri continue to have numerous connections with the main cult of the Jagannath triad in the temple. Several of the ma?has render services to the temple, in significant ways keeping pace with the changing time. The rituals and other associated elite functions conducted and observed at the temple as well as at the ma?has are structurally and functionally intertwined in such a manner that one cannot exist without the other.

The aim of the presentation is to discuss the structure and organization of some important ma?has and ask how the ma?has serve as resource centers for the propagation of the Jagannath cult, both at the ideational and practical level? How are the Jagannath temple and the ma?has interrelated and interdependent on each other? The key hypothesis is that the various dimensions and the dynamics of the Jagannath temple’s relationship with the ma?has can be described as a form of ‘complementary filiation’.

Managing the myriad daily rituals of the temple and festivals around the Jagannath triad is an immense and challenging task for the temple administration. All in all, despite the changing set-ups of the ma?has, their transforming status positions and resource potentials in the wake of modernization, the ma?has’ role towards the temple continues to be paramount.

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Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde


Judith Starecek
Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
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