Domestication of "Hindu" Asceticism and the Religious Making of South and Southeast Asia

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  • Arlo Griffiths
  • Emmanuel Francis
  • Annette Schmiedchen


From the proejct website (accessed 2019-10-09):

The project Domestication of “Hindu” Asceticism and the Religious Making of South and Southeast Asia (DHARMA) has been launched on May 1st 2019. It is financed on an ERC Synergy Grant 2018 through the European Union’s Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020. The project will focus on the religion known today as “Hinduism”, a major world religion and the main religion of the world’s largest democracy, India. But this history is not limited to India. DHARMA will study the history of “Hinduism” in comparative perspective, focusing on the period from the 6th to the 13th century. During this period, the Bay of Bengal served as a maritime highway for intense cultural exchange. The resulting process of “Indianization”, marked notably by the spread of “Hinduism”, of an Indian writing system, and of India’s sacred language Sanskrit, touched large parts of South and Southeast Asia.

By making the epigraphy of South and Southeast Asia (in Sanskrit and vernacular languages) enter the digital age, the DHARMA project will create exciting new pathways to comparison across regions. The project will participate in the ERC’s Open Research Data Pilot, and will publish all of its epigraphic data in the form of TEI/EpiDoc encoded XML files under a creative commons license.


  • Arlo Griffiths & Dániel Balogh (2021), "Project DHARMA: Pushing South and Southeast Asian Textual Sources into the Digital World." Digital Classics London Seminar. [Available:]