Performance as Religious Observance in Some Śaiva Ascetic Traditions from South and Southeast Asia

  title={Performance as Religious Observance in Some Śaiva Ascetic Traditions from South and Southeast Asia},
  author={Andrea Acri},
  journal={Cracow Indological Studies},
  • Andrea Acri
  • Published 30 September 2018
  • History
  • Cracow Indological Studies
My essay synthesizes, and elaborates on, previous research on the overlaps between performative arts and ascetic traditions of the Śaiva Atimārga in South and Southeast Asia. My analysis focuses mainly on textual data from Sanskrit and Old Javanese literature from the 4th to the 15th centuries, with contributions from modern and contemporary ethnography of Java and Bali. Here I will argue that categories of Śaiva practitioners who combined dance, recitation, and drama in both areas may derive… 

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