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Otter, Felix: Die Revitalisierung von Vāstuvidyā im kolonialen und nachkolonialen Indien, Heidelberg ; Berlin: CrossAsia-eBooks, 2016.

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Felix Otter

Die Revitalisierung von Vāstuvidyā im kolonialen und nachkolonialen Indien

Vāstuvidyā, the old Indian esoteric lore of building a house, has been the object of several attempts at revitalisation since the first half of the 20th century. This book examines these attempts in the context of ideological and historical developments with the methods of textual analysis. The relationship between the revived version(s) of Vāstuvidyā with the precolonial formulations of the lore, the relevance of the apologetic discourse of the indigenous sciences for the revitalisation of Vāstuvidyā, and the discourse strategies employed in colonial and post-colonial Vāstu literature are the central themes of the book.


Felix Otter (*1978) studied Indology, Tibetan Studies, and Political Science at Marburg University. He worked as teaching and research assistant at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and at the South Asia Insitute in Heidelberg. As of 2012 he is senior lecturer for Sanskrit and Hindi at the Department of Indology and Tibetan Studies at Marburg University.

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1. Einleitung
2. Vāstuvidyā im vorkolonialen Kontext
3. Vāstuvidyā im kolonialen und nachkolonialen Kontext
4. Interpretationsmuster
5. Diskursstrategien und Transformationsprozesse
6. Schlussbetrachtung
Anhang I: Chronologie ausgewählter Publikationen
Anhang II: Konkordanz zu GVP, VMR, BVM und VR
Anhang III: Konkordanz zu ausgewählten Vāstu-Handbüchern