In the present work, the first of its kind in the field of Indian philology, Marc Tiefenauer outlines the history of representations of hell in Indian religious traditions. His study is based on primary sources in Sanskrit, Pali, Ardhamagadhi, Chinese, Braj, Persian and Hindi, extending over three millennia. He identifies the main ideological contributions to Brahmanical representations of the afterlife, particularly those stemming from Buddhism, Jainism, devotional currents (Bhakti) and Islam. He shows the utility of eschatological research to hermeneutics, especially in view of improving the understanding of the literatures of ancient India.
Marc Tiefenauer received his PhD in Indology (2016) from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he works as librarian for the Oriental Collections (Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Tibetan, and Chinese). His research explores the eschatological representations in South Asian religions.
All interested in the history of religions in South Asia—Brahmanism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bhakti—, and anyone concerned with eschatology, hell and cosmology.