Saturday, January 13, 2007

The German Connection

In Dr. Gunther-Dietz Sontheimer, who travelled to India at least 35 times in a span f 27 years of active academic life at the South Asia Institute of Heidelberg University, we find a scholar who was completely different. He was one Indologist who, under the inspiration of mathematician, archaeologist and historian D.D. Kosambi, developed a deep interest in folk religion and mythology as well as the regional roots of Indian cultural traditions. This had convinced him about these traditions, especially the ritual and mythology of Hinduism, being rich tapestries woven with varied regional, tribal, pastoral and agrarian elements.

K.M. Shrimali reviews three anthologies and intersperses with references to Kosambi

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