NEW BOOK > Acri and Sharrock (eds.) "The Creative South: Buddhist and Hindu Art in Mediaeval Maritime Asia. Vol 1"

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Dear colleagues (with apologies for cross-posting on H-Buddhism),

I am pleased to share with you the details of a newly published edited volume that may be of interest to Southeast Asianists:

The Creative South: Buddhist and Hindu Art in Mediaeval Maritime Asia. Vol 1. Edited by Andrea Acri and Peter Sharrock. Singapore: ISEAS (with financial support from the Alphawood Foundation, Chicago, and the SAAAP at SOAS, University of London). 375pp., 53.39 SGD; hard copy and e-book available.

The volume reconsiders the creative contribution of the littoral and insular regions of Maritime Asia to shaping new paradigms in the Buddhist and Hindu art and architecture of the medieval Asian world. Far from being a mere southern conduit for the maritime circulation of Indic religions, in the period from ca. the 7th to the 14th century those regions transformed across mainland and island polities the rituals, icons, and architecture that embodied these religious insights with a dynamism that often eclipsed the established cultural centres in Northern India, Central Asia, and mainland China. This collective body of work brings together new research aiming to recalibrate the importance of these innovations in art and architecture, thereby highlighting the cultural creativity of the monsoon-influenced Southern rim of the Asian landmass.


1.  Introduction: Volume 1: Intra-Asian Transfers and Mainland Southeast Asia
Andrea Acri and Peter Sharrock


2. From Melayu to Thamel and Back: The Transmigration of the Eight-Armed Amoghapāśa
Iain Sinclair

3. In the Footsteps of Amoghavajra (705–774): Southern Indian Artistic Mode in Tang China and its Transmission to Tibet
Yury Khokhlov (†)

4. Heruka-Maṇḍalas across Maritime Asia
Peter Sharrock


5. Goddess Prajñāpāramitā and Esoteric Buddhism in Jayavarman VII’s Angkor
Jinah Kim

6. Dancers, Musicians, Ascetics, and Priests: Performance-based Śaiva Worship and its Development in the Temple Cults of Angkor
Swati Chemburkar

7. Libraries or Fire Shrines? Reinterpreting the Function of ‘Annex Buildings’ in Khmer Śaiva Temples from the Prism of Early Śaivism
Shivani Kapoor, Swati Chemburkar, Andrea Acri, and Olivier Cunin

8. Śaiva Religious Iconography: Dancing Śiva in Multi-Polity Medieval Campā 
Mai Bùi Diệu Linh

9. The Colossal Trà Kiệu Pedestal in Campā and its Relationship to Courtly Culture in Cambodia, East Java, and China
Mya Chau

10. On the Chronological Interrelationship between Newly Found Inscriptions and the Temple Architecture of Campā: The Hòa Lai and Po Dam Sites
Tran Ky Phuong


Best wishes,

Andrea Acri

EPHE & EFEO, Paris