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Dvaravati Civilization: What? When? Where? Why?

8 Mar '18 6.30 pm

A polity named Dvaravati in Central Thailand of the seventh to eighth centuries is attested by epigraphy and Chinese records. In modern Thai scholarship, Dvaravati has become a multipurpose term for a historical period, an art style, a culture, a kingdom or even an empire, lasting anywhere from one to two hundred years to five hundred years and more. Almost no written historical details survive, and what we know about Dvaravati is derived largely from artefacts and material culture. Inscriptions, often fragmentary, reveal a Buddhist culture that used Pali, a court and Brahmanical culture that used Sanskrit, and a local culture that used Old Mon. New discoveries from the prehistoric period onwards have challenged earlier ideas about the history of the Southeast Asian mainland, calling for new paradigms and raising new questions. Our understanding of the relations between early Southeast Asia and South Asia is gaining greater depth and breadth. The lecture presents an introduction to the civilization of Dvaravati and mainland Southeast Asia and discusses some of the current questions.

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Peter Skilling

Peter Skilling received his PhD from l’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (Sorbonne, Paris). He is a Professor of the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO), based in Bangkok (retired). He is also Special Lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, and Honorary Associate, Department of Indian Sub-Continental Studies, University of Sydney, Australia. Professor Skilling’s main field of research is the archaeology, history, and literature of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia. Other interests include the early history of Mahayana Buddhism, the Pali literature of Southeast Asia, and the history of the Buddhist order of nuns. At present he is working on a study of the Tibetan Kanjur as a repository of Indian Buddhist literature, and on the early archaeology of Buddhism in India. His publications include two volumes of Mahasutras: Great Discourses of the Buddha (Oxford, 1994, 1997).



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