Religions of South Asia https://journal.equinoxpub.com/ROSA <p><em>RoSA</em> publishes papers by internationally respected scholars on some of the most vibrant and dynamic religious traditions of the world. It includes the latest research on distinctively South Asian or Indic religions - Hindu, Jaina, Buddhist and Sikh - religions which continue to influence the patterns of thought and ways of life of millions of people. <a href="https://journal.equinoxpub.com/ROSA/about">Learn more about this journal.</a></p> Equinox Publishing Ltd. en-US Religions of South Asia 1751-2689 <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> Editorial https://journal.equinoxpub.com/ROSA/article/view/23303 Dermot Killingley Anna King Arkotong Longkumer Karen O’Brien-Kop Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-22 2022-07-22 16 1 1–2 1–2 10.1558/rosa.23303 New Discoveries in Smaller Antiquities and a Unique Portrait Sculpture from Medieval Bengal Duars https://journal.equinoxpub.com/ROSA/article/view/23304 <p>This paper studies some unpublished smaller antiquities in stone, terracotta and copper alloys, made between the tenth and the thirteenth centuries, from the region of Bengal Duars, housed at the Archaeological Survey of India site-shed at Gosanimari, Coochbehar, and at the Akshaya Kumar Maitreya Heritage Museum of North Bengal University. While some of them represent a style stemming from the late-Pala period, others present a unique and region-specific artistic idiom. Most were found accidentally and collected by local historians and antiquarians, and were donated to the AKMHM; others were found at three prominent sites: Bhitargarh, Ghoshpukur and Gosanimari. These sites, situated in an ecologically fragile region, have a rich history of different kinds of local worship which were attuned to the environment and nature; the art of the region also reflects an interaction with the larger milieu of Indic and Himalayan religious practices. This article further investigates a large stone sculpture housed at the AKMHM, also from the Bengal Duars, and questions its labelling as a Danapati.</p> Archishman Sarker Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-22 2022-07-22 16 1 3–41 3–41 10.1558/rosa.23304 Jugaad Authorities https://journal.equinoxpub.com/ROSA/article/view/23305 <p>This article analyses the figures of four contemporary Sufi peers who have established a formally unrecognized yet authoritative position despite their lack of ties to established Sufi transmission lineages or access to either symbolic or concrete capital. These peers operate in the lower strata of Delhi’s urban society, in ‘economies of despair’, composed of concentric circles of unfavourable life circumstances, limited resources, under-recognition and the deepening communal divide. Through a methodological combination of ethnography, participatory observation and textual analysis I examine their life trajectories to better understand the ways in which hyperlocal peers craft jugaad (improvised) authorities; the issue of space—the aspiration to exert power over a shrine and the transformation of the space, in some cases, from concrete to virtual. Finally, I address the transformations in peeri-mureedi relations in the neoliberal era through the prism of the consumer society.</p> Ronie Parciack Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-22 2022-07-22 16 1 42–65 42–65 10.1558/rosa.23305 Self-Orientalism at Europe’s Margins https://journal.equinoxpub.com/ROSA/article/view/23306 <p>In this paper, I discuss Latvian participation in the Nath Sampradaya on the background of a deep history of Baltic fascination with the East. I highlight three different levels of self-understanding for the practitioners of this religious movement: historical imaginary, ritual practice, and interfaith dialogue. While partaking of the rhetoric of Indo-Baltic kinship that has by now become part of the self-representation of the Balts, the Latvian yogis do not strive for a Hindu-pagan revival, but identify instead in forms of esoteric ritual practice (tantra) and bodily discipline (yoga) a preferred tool to regain a notion of themselves as self-ruling, empowered subjects, thus projecting onto the realm of the embodied self the quest for independence historically expressed in the public sphere. Interfaith dialogue, represented by their collaboration with a Catholic priest, emerges as an unexpected element.</p> Eloisa Stuparich Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-22 2022-07-22 16 1 66–89 66–89 10.1558/rosa.23306 The Visnu Purana: Ancient Annals of the God with Lotus Eyes, translated from the Sanskrit by McComas Taylor. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/ROSA/article/view/23307 <p>The Visnu Purana: Ancient Annals of the God with Lotus Eyes, translated from the Sanskrit by McComas Taylor. Canberra: Australian National University Press, 2021. xvi + 562 pp., $75 (print), free download (press.anu.edu.au). ISBN 9781760464400 (print), 9781760464417 (online).</p> Simon Brodbeck Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-22 2022-07-22 16 1 90–92 90–92 10.1558/rosa.23307 Botanical Ecstasies: Psychoactive Plant Formulas in India and Beyond, by Matthew Clark. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/ROSA/article/view/23308 <p>Botanical Ecstasies: Psychoactive Plant Formulas in India and Beyond, by Matthew Clark. London: Psychedelic Press, 2021. 69 pp. £9.99 (pb). ISBN 978191626711.</p> Fabrizio Ferrari Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-22 2022-07-22 16 1 93–96 93–96 10.1558/rosa.23308 The Oxford History of Hinduism: Modern Hinduism, edited by Torkel Brekke. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/ROSA/article/view/23309 <p>The Oxford History of Hinduism: Modern Hinduism, edited by Torkel Brekke. New York:Oxford University Press, 2019. xi + 317 pp., £73 (hb). ISBN 9780198790839.</p> Brian A Hatcher Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-22 2022-07-22 16 1 97–100 97–100 10.1558/rosa.23309 Modern Sufis and the State: The Politics of Islam in South Asia and Beyond, edited by Katherine Pratt Ewing and Rosemary R. Corbett. https://journal.equinoxpub.com/ROSA/article/view/23310 <p>Modern Sufis and the State: The Politics of Islam in South Asia and Beyond, edited by Katherine Pratt Ewing and Rosemary R. Corbett. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020. 360 pp., £108 (hb), £28 (pb). ISBN 9780231195744 (hb), 9780231195751 (pb).</p> Ronie Parciack Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-22 2022-07-22 16 1 101–104 101–104 10.1558/rosa.23310