[Lecture] Buddhist Accounts of Maritime Crossing in the Southern Seas

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Readers in Singapore may be interested in this talk at ISEAS, as part of the Singapore’s Pasts lecture series.

Date: Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Time: 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm
Venue: ISEAS Seminar Room 2


About the Lecture
The talk will present select passages of Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan sources narrating the sea passages of Buddhist monks travelling by ship between India and China via Southeast Asia. In particular, it will discuss the trope of the “miraculous aversion of shipwrecks”, highlighting the elements of intertextuality that emerge from the accounts. It will then analyse a similar motif found in the Sejarah Melayu, namely the avoidance of shipwrecks by Sang Nila Utama on the occasion of his crossing of the Straits. On the basis of this passage and other textual and archaeological evidence, it will argue that the Sejarah Melayu features pre-Islamic elements drawn from a “Buddhist fund” going back to the polity of Śrīvijaya.

About the Speaker
Andrea Acri (PhD Leiden University, 2011) is Assistant Professor in Tantric Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (PSL University, Paris), and Associate Fellow at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre. He has held various research and teaching positions in India, Singapore, the UK, and Australia. He has authored articles in international academic journals and published edited volumes on Shaiva and Buddhist tantric traditions in South and Southeast Asia, as well as wider cultural and historical dynamics of Intra-Asian connectivity. His monograph Dharma Pātañjala, originally appeared in the Gonda Indological Studies Series (Egbert Forsten/Brill, 2011), has been recently republished in India by Aditya Prakashan (New Delhi, 2017), and is being published in Indonesian translation by EFEO/Gramedia.

ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ “สปาฟา” ยกย่องกรมศิลป์สุดทุ่มเทขุดเขาศรีวิชัย เผย 20 ปีเจอของเป็นตัน ลั่นพร้อมร่วมมือศึกษา

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via Matichon, 10 Feb 2018: Excavation in Surat Thani Province. Article is in Thai

สืบเนื่องกรณีการขุดค้นพบหลักฐานทางโบราณคดีจำนวนมากที่เข […]

Source: ผู้เชี่ยวชาญ “สปาฟา” ยกย่องกรมศิลป์สุดทุ่มเทขุดเขาศรีวิชัย เผย 20 ปีเจอของเป็นตัน ลั่นพร้อมร่วมมือศึกษา

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Talk: The emergence of state and cities in southeast Sumatra

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Readers in London may be interested in this upcoming talk by Dr Pierre-Yves Manguin at SOAS.

At the origins of Srivijaya: The emergence of state and cities in southeast Sumatra
Dr Pierre-Yves Manguin (Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient)

Date: 14 March 2017
Time: 5:15 PM
Source: 20170314 – Seminar – Pierre-Yves Manguin

Last chance to catch Sumatra: Isle of Gold

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Sumatra Isle of Gold Exhibition

Sumatra: Isle of Gold has been exhibiting at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore since the end of July, but I hadn’t had the chance to take a visit because of some reason or another. But finally, I had the chance to catch the exhibition this morning, and lucky thing too – the exhibition is going to close this Sunday!

Sumatra Isle of Gold Exhibition

Sumatra Isle of Gold Exhibition

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Thailand prepares more sites for the world heritage list


Thailand announces ongoing fact-finding programmes to propose five new sites into Unesco’s World Heritage Site list by next year. Among the sites are the ancient cities of Chiang Saen and Suvannakhomkham, which shares Laotian territory; the Lanna kingdom in the north, as well as the Srivijaya-Nakhon Si Tammarat cultural route.

Slanted Roof
photo credit: The Wandering Angel

Ministry to seek heritage status for ancient cities
The Nation, 4 June 2009
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Bronze Buddha stolen from Palembang museum; thieves captured

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The police moved quickly to apprehend a gang of four behind the theft of a Bronze Buddha statue from a museum in Palembang. One of the thieves was shot in the leg while trying to resist arrest. Ouch.

S. Sumatra Police question museum employees over missing Buddha statue
Jakarta Post, 13 March 2009

South Sumatra police nabs Buddhist artifact thieves
Jakarta Post, 15 March 2009
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