Fieldnotes: Tiruppattūr, Tamil Nadu, August 2019

From August 11 to 15, 2019, Emmanuel Francis (CNRS), Valérie Gillet (EFEO, Paris) and Babu N. Ramaswamy (EFEO, Pondicherry) surveyed sites with inscriptions in the Sivaganga, Viruthunagar and Madurai districts in the State of Tamil Nadu. The principal goal was to locate, document and read inscriptions of the Early Pāṇḍyas (9th and 10th c.) pre-selected on the basis of the corpus collected and translated by K.G. Krishnan (Inscriptions of the Early Pāṇḍyas, 2002, hereafter IEP).

In Tiruppattūr திருப்பத்தூர் (Tiruppattūr Taluk, Sivaganga District), designated as Tiruputtūr in the inscriptions, we were looking, in the Tiruttaḷinātār திருத்தளிநாதார் Temple, for two inscribed slabs and found … three.

East gopura, Tiruttaḷinātar Temple, Tiruppāttur.

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DHARMA Kickoff-Meeting cum EpiDoc Workshop

From September 16 to 21, 2019, the DHARMA Kickoff-Meeting cum EpiDoc Workshop will be held in Berlin, hosted by the Humboldt University.

Stele from Tiruppattūr (Sivaganga District, Tamil Nadu), end of 9th century. The inscription starts with a Sanskrit verse in Grantha script (lines 1–3) and continues with a Tamil prose portion in Vaṭṭeḻuttu script.

September 16, Luisenstrasse 56 (Festsaal), 10117 Berlin
September 17–21, Invalidenstrasse 118 (Institut fuer Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften),10115 Berlin

See the programme below.
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Evening lecture in Jakarta by Arlo Griffiths (EFEO)

Dear All,

If you are in Jakarta in August, this could interest you.
Arlo Griffiths (Principal Investigator of DHARMA Project) is holding an evening lecture at the Institut Français Indonesia (IFI) on Wednesday, the 21st of August.
The title of his lecture is:
Javanese society in the 13th century: new research on the epigraphic corpus of the reign of Kertanaga

The conference will be held in English.

For more information and register, please go to


General Assembly of ERC DHARMA

25 June, 2019
Room 737
54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris

The first General Assembly of the ERC DHARMA has been hosted by the CEIAS at the EHESS. It has been attended by the 3 PIs and the scientific coordinator of the partner Organization as well as by close collaborators, recently recruited at the CEIAS (Axelle Janiak), the EFEO (Adeline Levivier) and Humboldt University (Daniel Balogh, Jens Thomas).

Discussions were about: the preparation of the kickoff workshop of DHARMA to be hosted by Humboldt University in Berlin (September 16-22); the role of the European Project Manager in the Consortium; the digitization of epigraphical publications; the ordering of digital images; and other various topics.

In the second part of the afternoon, other project collaborators based in Paris joined the group to hear progress reports on work toward transliteration and encoding guidelines, work toward publication of Online Inventory of Nusantara Epigraphy and preparation of Data Management Plan.

On June 26, work sessions were held in smaller groups to further discuss: transliteration and encoding guidelines; metadata online encoding base; Data Management Plan (DMP).

Conference – Epigraphic Evidence on Patronage and Social Context of Buddhist Monasteries in Medieval South and Southeast Asia

27 and 28 May, 2019
Main Conference Room (303, 3rd floor)
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

Abhayagirivihāra inscription, Central Java, 8th century. Photo: OD 7945.

Sponsored by The Vihāra Project Comprehensive Studies of Indian Buddhist Monasteries from the Gupta Period Onward (JSPS KAKENHI Grant no. 18H03569)

Co-sponsored by The Project DHARMA The Domestication of “Hindu” Asceticism and the Religious Making of South and Southeast Asia (ERC 809994) & The Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

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