Mapping the Pāśupata Landscape

Narrative, Place, and the Śaiva Imaginary in Early Medieval North India


In Mapping the Pāśupata Landscape: Narrative, Place, and the Śaiva Imaginary in Early Medieval North India, Elizabeth A. Cecil explores the sacred geography of the earliest community of Śiva devotees called the Pāśupatas. This book brings the narrative cartography of the Skandapurāṇa into conversation with physical landscapes, inscriptions, monuments, and icons in order to examine the ways in which Pāśupatas were emplaced in regional landscapes and to emphasize the use of material culture as media through which notions of belonging and identity were expressed. By exploring the ties between the formation of early Pāśupata communities and the locales in which they were embedded, this study reflects critically upon the ways in which community building was coincident with place-making in Early Medieval India.
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Elizabeth A. Cecil, Ph.D. (2016), is Assistant Professor of Religion at Florida State University. Her scholarship explores the history of Hindu religions in South and Southeast Asia through the study of text, image, monument, and landscape.
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Introduction: Mapping a Religious Landscape

1 A Geographic Imaginary: the Skandapurāṇa, Lakulīśa and the Localization of Tradition

2 At the Crossroads: Śaiva Religious Networks in Uparamāla

3 The Salt Lakes: Pāśupatas and Śaiva Centers in Jambumārga

4 The Sahya Mountain: Śiva Religion in the Port Polity of the North Konkan

5 Seeking the ‘Lord with a Club’: Encountering Lakulīśa in the Pāśupata Landscape

Coda: Temple, Community, and Heritage-Making
All interested in the history of Hinduism, and particularly the worship of the god Śiva, in premodern India; scholars of early medieval history and society in South Asia, and those interested in the study of text and material culture.