Consecration Rituals in South Asia
Editor: István Keul
Contributing author: Ronald M. Davidson
Ronald M. Davidson is a contributing author, "“Studies in Dhāraṇī Literature IV: A Nāga Altar in 5th Century India”, pp. 123-170.
Book description: The essays in the volume Consecration Rituals in South Asia address the ritual procedures that accompany the installation of temple images in Shaiva, Vaishnava, Buddhist and Jain contexts, in various traditions and historical periods. Through the performance of complex rites designated with the term pranapratishtha (establishment of, or infusion with, life), man-made sculptures are ritually transformed into (receptacles of) deities. The collection is thematically and methodically broad, with a large number of detailed textual studies, but also with ethnographic contributions that discuss contemporary instances of consecration rituals. Among the overarching themes are issues related to historical continuity and change, as well as transformational moments in such rituals.
Davidson, Ronald M., “Studies in Dhāraṇī Literature IV: A Nāga Altar in 5th Century India.” In István Keul, (ed.) Consecration Rituals in South Asia, pp. 123-170. Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2017
Keul, István and Davidson, Ronald M., "Consecration Rituals in South Asia" (2017). Religious Studies Faculty Book Gallery. 88.