Glimpses of Early Saiva Siddhanta. Echoes of doctrines ascribed to Brhaspati in the Sanskrit-Old Javanese Vrhaspatitattva

Andrea Acri

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    Abstract

    Brhaspati is one of the earliest historical figures of the ?aiva Siddhanta. Although his works have not survived to us, fragments of textual evidence are found as quotations scattered over the ?aiva commentarial literature. .ese fragments have been gathered and thoroughly discussed in a recent article by Alexis Sanderson (2006), who has tentatively dated Brhaspati to the period between 650 and 750 Drawing upon the data presented by Sanderson, I will compare some doctrinal themes ascribed to Brhaspati with similar ones found in the Sanskrit-Old Javanese ?aiva text Vrhaspatitattva and argue that Brhaspati's works might have been known in the pre-Islamic Indonesian Archipelago.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)209-229
    JournalIndo-Iranian Journal
    Volume54
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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