A Buddhist Ritual Manual on Agriculture Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja – Critical Edition
A hitherto unpublished scripture of Buddhist dharani literature, the Vajratuṇḍasamayakalparāja has been recently discovered in five Nepalese manuscripts. This rare Sanskrit text from around the fifth century focuses on the ritual practice of thaumaturgic weather control for successful agriculture by the vidyadhara spell-master, linking the incantation tradition to the economic power of the Nepalese Buddhist community.
KeywordsNepal; Indology; Incantation; Sanskrit
Publication date and placeBerlin/Boston, 2019
SeriesBeyond Boundaries, 3
Australasian & Pacific history