Center for South Asia Weekly Lecture Series: Christoph Emmrich (Associate Professor, Buddhist Studies, Univ. of Toronto)
The List, the Priest, the Client, and the Shopkeeper, or How To Know and How to Get What You Need in Newar Buddhist and Hindu Ritual
Thursday, September 20, 2018
206 Ingraham Hall
Rites are not only made out of stuff, they are made from lists. This lecture will provide a close reading of some of these lists, both textual and visual, share observations on their use in the exchanges between the main actors working towards making ritual happen, such as the family priest, the organizer or her collaborators, and the vendor, and will attempt to provide insights into crucial creative activities in the run-up to the envisaged ritual event.