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The Brahma Yamala Tantra and the Early Saiva Cult of Yoginis - Shaman Hatley

The Brahma Yamala Tantra and the Early Saiva Cult of Yoginis - Shaman Hatley

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THE
BRAHMAY ¯  AMALATANTRA
ANDEARLY´SAIVA CULT OF YOGIN
¯
ISShaman Hatley
a dissertation
inReligious StudiesPresented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvaniain Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
2007
Dissertation SupervisorGraduate Group Chair
 
A
cknowledgements
The present study would have been impossible without the support of numerousindividuals and institutions. Several years of my graduate studies at the Universityof Pennsylvania were funded by the university itself, while the Muktabodha Indo-logical Research Institute and the American Institute of Indian Studies provided thefellowships necessary for conducting dissertation research. The departments of Re-ligious Studies and South Asia Studies at Penn both provided me travel grants atvarious times, and sustained my intellectual journey in numerous other ways. Foraccess to manuscripts and other research materials, I am grateful to the curators andstaff of the National Archives of Kathmandu, Asiatic Society of Bengal, Departmentof Sanskrit (Manuscript Division) of Vi´svabh¯arat¯ı University, Bhandarkar OrientalResearch Institute, Van Pelt Library, Nepal Research Center, and AIIS Center for Artand Archeology. I am grateful to the staff of the AIIS office in Pune for their logisti-cal support as well, and particularly to Prof. S. S. Bahulkar of the Tilak MaharashtraVidyapeeth, who arranged for my affiliation with the
t
.
m
.
v
. and graciously served asmy academic advisor in India.My studies at the University of Pennsylvania have indebted me to numerousteachers; beyond the dissertation committee, I owe special thanks to Professors AdityaBehl, George Cardona, Stephen Dunning, the late (and much missed) Wilhelm Halb-fass, Christian Novetzke, and Ludo Rocher. I am particularly indebted to the lat-ter, who first taught me Sanskrit and supervised my
m
.
a
. studies. I am also muchobliged to Prof. Alexis Sanderson of the University of Oxford, with whom I had theprivilege of reading part of the
Brahmay¯ amala
at an early stage in my research, andwhose guidance has been invaluable. Professors Michael Meister and Guy Welbon,members of the dissertation committee, have been continual sources of knowledgeand encouragement over nearly a decade, and I am grateful for their feedback onthe dissertation at various stages in its formation. Most of all, I wish to thank Prof.Harunaga Isaacson, from whom I have learned much of what I know; I am lost forii
 
iiiwords to express my gratitude for his years of painstaking mentorship. Without hisdetailed feedback on drafts of this thesis, it would have been a much inferior work.Several others have read and made valuable remarks on sections of the dissertation,especially Alberta Ferrario, Ayesha Irani, Prof. Kathleen Kesson, Prof. John Nemec,and Dr. Judit Törzsök. I have also benefited from the opportunity to present and dis-cuss work drawn from or connected with the dissertation at the AIIS Junior Fellows’Conference in Gurgaon (January
2006
), the University of Virginia at Charlottesville(November
2006
), the Workshop on Early´Saivism at Pondicherry (January
2007
), andConcordia University (January
2007
).The present study would have been much poorer but for the increasing avail-ability of searchable electronic texts. In particular, I am indebted to Dr. SomadevaVasudeva and Prof. Harunaga Isaacson for sharing extensive material with me, in-cluding transcriptions of manuscripts of unpublished sources; to Dr. Judit Törzsök,who provided me an electronic copy of her edition of the
Siddhayoge´ svar¯ ımata
; andto Prof. Alexis Sanderson, for providing me draft editions of portions of the
Jayad-rathay¯ amala
, including its entire third book (the
Yogin¯ ısañc¯ araprakaran.a
). As a studentof ´Saivism, I am also indebted to Dr. Mark Dyczkowski, who has made availablenumerous transcriptions of unpublished tantric texts through the Digital Library of the Muktabodha Indological Research Institute. His collation of manuscripts of the
Tantrasadbh¯ avatantra
has been of significant value in this study. I also thank Prof.Vidya Dehejia, who gave permission to reproduce one of her photographs (
figure2
.
6
). The typesetting of the critical edition of the
Brahmay¯ amala
using L
A
TEX was in nosmall measure enabled by technical help from Dr. Somadeva Vasudeva, from whomI have learned much concerning´Saivism as well.Finally, I owe an incalculable debt to my family, who have tolerated a great dealso that I could complete this thesis, and given me much joy in the process. This workis dedicated to them.

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