Freitag, 25. Mrz 2022, 15:15 - 16:45 iCal

A Himalayan Tsunami

Risk, Disaster, and Retribution in the Land of the Gods


Public lecture by Dr. Brian K. Pennington | Elon University

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


On June 17, 2013, up to 15,000 people died in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand during catastrophic storms at the height of the pilgrimage season in that Himalayan region. This underreported natural disaster destroyed the town around the 1000-year-old Kedarnath temple and plunged the religious tourism industry that is central to the modern economy of the linguistic and cultural region of Garhwal into a years-long decline. This lecture reflects on the mythology of divine retribution and the cultural contexts for disaster and recovery in the city Uttarkashi, an epicenter of Himalayan Hindu pilgrimage and site of some of the worst destruction in 2013.

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Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde


Judith Starecek
Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde in Kooperation mit der Indischen Botschaft, Wien
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