Agriculture, Floriculture and Botanical Knowledge in a Middle Bengali Text
AuthorsFerrari, Fabrizio M.
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis chapter offers an overview of botanical lore in Śūnyapurāṇ, a heterogeneous Bengali liturgical work attributed to Rāmāi Paṇḍit. The text celebrates the god Dharmarāj, or Dharma Ṭhākur, through a lengthy cosmogonic narrative and various ritual tracts that define the practice of Dharmapūjā. After a brief introduction about the text, its authorship and date, I will discuss the use of flowers and rice in the worship of Dharmarāj in three sections: the plucking of flowers (puṣpatolān); the birth of paddy (dhānyer janma), which includes the popular tale of the farming (kr̥ṣak) Śiva, and the auspicious song of the husking pedal (ḍheṅkīmaṅgal).
CitationFerrari, F.M. (2016). Agriculture, Floriculture and Botanical Knowledge in a Middle Bengali Text. In: F.M. Ferrari & T.W.P. Dähnhardt (Eds.), Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion. Plant Life in South Asian Traditions (pp. 214-269). Sheffield, United Kingdom: Equinox Publishing.
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