Interpreting the Image of the Human Body in Premodern India

Wujastyk, Dominik

In: International Journal of Hindu Studies, 13 (2009), Nr. 2. pp. 189-228. ISSN 1022-4556

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This paper sets out two main arguments. In part one, a description of the adherents of the various intellectual disciplines and religious faiths in premodern India is given, each having developed distinct and different imagined bodies; for example, the body described in Tantric circles had little or nothing in common with the body described in medical circles. In part two, an account is given of the encounter between Ayurvedic anatomy and early colonial European anatomy which led initially to attempts at synthesis; these gave way to an abandonment of the syncretist vision of the body and the acceptance of an epistemological suspension of judgment, in which radically different body conceptualizations are simultaneously held in unacknowledged cognitive dissonance.

Document type: Article
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 16 April 2010
ISSN: 1022-4556
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Religions of Indic origin
Controlled Subjects: Indien, Körper <Motiv>, Geschichte Anfänge-1500
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indien , Körper <Motiv> , Geschichte Anfänge-1500, India , Human Body , Image , History
Subject (classification): Religion and Philosophy
Countries/Regions: India