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In-depth explorations into the field of Sanskrit Studies. Featuring candid conversations and interviews with scholars of Sanskrit across the disciplines of Indology, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Philosophy, History, and more. Hosted by Dr. Antonia Ruppel.
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Our third interview is with Professor Michael Witzel of Harvard University, one of the greatest Veda scholars of our time. You can find his Wikipedia page here, his Harvard page here, and many of his publications here.Given Michael Witzel's long career and many incarnations, there are quite a few things to link to: – Details on the Nepalese-German Manuscript Cataloguing Project– Relating to Vedic Studies, there is the Viśvabandhu Vedic Word Concordance; digitized Vedic (and Sanskrit) dictionaries are available e.g. at the Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries site. The publisher's sites for Witzel and Goto's introduction to the Rigveda are here and for Thomas Oberlies' 'Der Rigveda und seine Religion' here. Jamison & Brereton's recent English-language translation of the Rigveda is here, this is their 'The Rigveda: A Guide', and the website for their constantly growing online commentary can be found here.You can download the article with the map detailing places in Mahārāṣṭra where manuscripts remain to be discovered.This is Michael Witzel's ground-breaking book on Comparative Mythology. The translation of the Mayan Popol Vuh that we discuss does not seem to be available online, but WorldCat shows which libraries have it available.This is the edition of the first books of the Maitrāyaṇī Saṃhitā that we mention.
For our second episode, we talk to Dagmar Wujastyk of the University of Alberta. Dagmar tells us about her experiences as a student, her truly international career, and especially also about her impressive AyurYog project. Funded by a prestigious award from the European Research Commission, it explores the 'Entangled Histories of Yoga, Āyurveda and Alchemy in South Asia'.  Listen to her describe these areas in a truly accessible manner, and enjoy finding out more about how she plans to use our 'Sanskrit Studies Podcast Research Grant'!Find the AyurYog homepage here,  the AyurYog timeline here, and the AyurYog alchemy timeline here.Find out more about Dagmar's publications here  and her first book, Modern and Global Ayurveda,  here.  (This book, co-edited with Fred Smith, was written while Dagmar was working with Elizabeth de Michelis at the Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research, University of  Cambridge).Other sources mentioned in this episode include: some of Stephen P. Huyler's alchemical videos (more are available on Facebook), Jason Birch's article Premodern Yoga Traditions and Ayurveda, Christèle Barois' article on the Dharmaputrikā Saṃhitā, and Colleen Taylor Sen's Feasts and Fasts. A History of Food in India. 
In this first episode we speak with McComas Taylor. Hailing from the Australian National University in Canberra, McComas is a pioneer of online Sanskrit teaching and ardent supporter of open-access publishing. He talks to Antonia about how he vowed under a full moon to learn Sanskrit, about his reading the Mahābhārata every day, about the secrets behind his hugely popular online courses, and his brand-new, freely available translation of the Viṣṇupurāṇa. Links to books and pages mentionedMcComas Taylor at the ANUThe Fall of the Indigo Jackal The Little Red Book (online version | pdf download)The Joy of SanskritThe Vishnupurana
In-depth explorations into the field of Sanskrit Studies. Featuring candid conversations and interviews with scholars of Sanskrit across the disciplines of Indology, Linguistics, Religious Studies, Philosophy, History, and more. Hosted by Dr. Antonia Ruppel. Subscribe now where ever you listen to Podcasts, and join us this summer for our debut episodes! 
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