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Some Remarks On The Present Edition Of The Three Ritual Chapters From The Kāśyapaśilpa

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The Kāśyapaśilpa, however, while dealing with religion and ritual, is in essence a manual for temple building and the making of images, a technical text composed with the aim of being used. Such texts are most likely to be altered by later scholars and scribes in order to bring them up to date. The descriptions of the temple gateways (gopura) provide an example of such later 'improvement' in South Indian architectural texts. The Kāśyapaśilpa survived in a number of manuscripts, mainly on palm leaf. In this book, the author decided to leave an 'incorrect' reading unchanged when it was given by the majority of the sources when it was found in several parallel texts, and when the employment of a correction would result in a too high or too low number of syllables in a verse.

Keywords: construction ritual; Kāśyapaśilpa; Kâåyapaåilpa; manuscripts



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