BOSMA Natasja

Natasja Bosma (b. 1981) studied Psychology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where she completed the two-year research master Religious Symbols and Traditions in 2008 with the master’s thesis Auṃ Namaḥa Śivāya: Early Śaiva Sects in Dakṣiṇa Kosala. It was during this research master that she first became interested in the area of Dakṣiṇa Kosala. From 2008 to 2013 she was a research assistant at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen, where she also taught classes in (Indian) Iconography. Her research was part of the research project A Historical Enquiry Concerning the Composition and Spread of the Skandapurāṇa, which was funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and it dealt with the development of Śaivism in Dakṣiṇa Kosala through the study of epigraphy and archaeological remains. She defended her PhD on this topic in 2018. In the ERC DHARMA project, she will continue her work by contributing to the Task-force B (Deccan to Arakan).

Selected Publications

2018 Dakṣiṇa Kosala: a rich centre of early Śaivism. Groningen: Barkhuis.

2013 “The Bāleśvara Temple Complex of Śivagupta. Epigraphical Evidence for the Śaiva Siddhānta and Soma Siddhānta Traditions in Dakṣiṇa Kosala”, in: Indo-Iranian Journal 56.3–4.

2013 [with Nina Mirnig] Epigraphical Evidence for the Formation and Rise of Early Śaivism (Special Issue of the Indo-Iranian Journal 56: 3/4). Leiden: Brill.

2008 “The Mansar Sculptures & Ajanta”, in: Hans T. Bakker (Ed.), Mansar: The Discovery of Pravareśvara and Pravarapura, Temple and Residence of the Vākāṭaka King Pravarasena II. Proceedings of a Symposium at the British Museum, London, 30 June – 1 July 2008. Groningen: University Library.



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