Can Landscape Empower Rural “Minorities” Through Tourism? Eco-Ethnicity in the Highlands of India, Nepal, China, Laos and Vietnam.

Frédéric Landy, Raghubir Chand, Steve Dery, Pierre Dérioz, Olivier Ducourtieux, Nadège Garambois, Evelyne Gauché, Marie-Anne Germaine, Mauve Letang, Isabelle Sacareau, CSH-IFP Working Papers - 17, Institut Français de Pondichéry / Centre de Sciences Humaines, 2020, 31 p.

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Why is rural tourism growing in some “marginal” Asian highlands but not in others? Why, in the regions with growing rural tourism, are “local people” impacted in different ways? Based on qualitative fieldwork research, this paper addresses these issues through a comparison of five highland case studies in India (Kumaon), Nepal (Annapurna), China (Guizhou), Vietnam (Lam Dong) and Laos (Luang Namtha). It tests the following hypothesis among others: What we call eco-ethnicity – the dual visibility of ethnic and environmental identity of a group – explains to a large extent the empowerment of local groups. Being endowed with a significant eco-ethnicity can provide substantial soft power to a group.


The Peruṅkuṟiñci (Kuṟiñcippāṭṭu). A critical edition of the text, with the commentary of Nacciṉārkkiṉiyar.

T. Rajeswari. Collection Indologie n˚142; NETamil Series n˚6, Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient / Institut Français de Pondichéry, 2019, clxxxii, 364 p., col. ill.

Language: Tamil (with an introduction in English). 1000 INR (34 EUR). ISBN: 978-81-8470-233-0 (IFP); 978-2-85539-237-0 (EFEO)

The Peruṅkuṟiñci ("The Great Poem of Kuṟiñci"), better known under the title Kuṟiñcippāṭṭu, is traditionally counted among the "Ten Songs" (Pattuppāṭṭu), one of the two main subdivisions of the old Tamil Caṅkam corpus. Taking the form of a long monologue in which the female character's confidante addresses the foster mother, it deals at the same time with all aspects of the Akam theme of kuṟiñci, the hilly landscape that provides a backdrop for the lovers' union. The text, newly edited on the basis of all surviving manuscripts, is published here along with its classical commentary by the great 14th-century scholiast Nacciṉārkkiṉiyar. An introduction presents the standards for the critical edition, and a complete word-index follows the presentation of the texts. Another special feature of this book is the extensive discussion and illustration of the ninety-nine species of flowers mentioned in the poem, which appear so pervasively in ancient Tamil literature but are often difficult to identify.

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Niśvāsamukhatattvasamhitā, A Preface to the Earliest Surviving Śaiva Tantra (on non-Tantric Śaivism at the Dawn of the Mantramārga).

Critical Edition, with Introduction & Annotated Translation and an Appendix containing Śivadharmasaṅgraha 5–9. Edited by Nirajan Kafle with a foreword by Dominic Goodall, Collection Indologie 145 / Early Tantra Series 6, IFP/EFEO/Universität Hamburg, 2020, 555 p.

Language: Sanskrit and English. 1000 INR (43 EUR). ISBN: 978-81-8470-237-8 (IFP); 978-2-85539-240-0 (EFEO)

This volume presents the first edition, along with an English translation, of a Sanskrit work of perhaps the seventh century surviving in a single ninth-century Nepalese witness: the Niśvāsamukhatattvasaṃhitā. It would be difficult to exaggerate the usefulness of this primary source for the history of the Śaiva religions. Ostensibly an introduction to the Niśvāsamukhatattvasaṃhitā, it purports to sketch the religious context in which the Mantramārga emerged. In so doing, it provides invaluable help in mapping the contours of the relations between four different traditions of early Śaivism, namely: 1) that of the Pāñcārthika Pāśupatas, 2) that of the Lākulas (here lokātīta), 3) the the Mantramārga and 4) pre-Mantramārga "lay" practices. The work is bracketed by a detailed introduction and an appendix presenting material borrowed into the Śivadharmasaṅgraha.

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Flowers in Cupped Hands for Śiva. A critical edition of the Śambhupuṣpāñjali, a seventeenth-century manual of private worship by Saundaranātha.

Edited by Deviprasad Mishra with the help of the late S. Sambandhaśivācārya and with an introduction by Dominic Goodall, Collection Indologie n˚ 144, Institut Français de Pondichéry / Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, 2020, 416 p.

Language: Sanskrit and English. 900 INR (38 EUR). ISBN: 978-81-8470-236-1 (IFP); 978-2-85539-239-4 (EFEO)

The Śambhupuṣpāñjali is a seventeenth-century manual in 824 Sanskrit verses, with some prose, that describes the worship of Śiva, not in a temple, but in a South Indian domestic context. It is full of quotations from scriptures and manuals of the Śaivasiddhānta, notably those of Somaśambhu (C11th), Aghoraśiva (C12th) and Vedajñāna (C16th). About the author, Saundaranātha, we can deduce little other than his provenance, for he tells us that he also wrote a manual, now lost, about the worship of Śivasūrya (Śiva as the sun) in Maṇipravāḷam, a mixture of Sanskrit vocabulary and Tamil inflections and syntax, a literary idiom usually associated today with Vaiṣṇava commentarial works. Several features of his Sanskrit style also reveal the influence of Tamil. The introduction presents the work and gives a detailed synopsis of its structure.

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MORELLE N., 2020. Architecture militaire du Deccan: Une réponse défensive face à la guerre moderne [Deccan Military Architecture: A response to early modern warfare], Archaeopress, Oxford, 428 p., ISBN: 9781789697445. URL:{24930ADD-C2C7-4FD2-B003-82A0CD5DE292}.


DAVID, Hugo. Une philosophie de la parole. L’Enquête sur la connaissance verbale (Śābdanirṇaya) de Prakāśātman, maître advaitin du Xe siècle, Monographies / PEFEO no. 198, EFEO, 2020, URL:

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LANDY F., 2020. Trois façons d’écrire sur le confinement en Inde, In: Breton H. (ed.). Chronique du vécu d’une pandémie planétaire : Récits d'universitaires, d'Est en Ouest, premier semestre 2020, L’Harmattan, p. 75-82, ISBN: 978-2-343-21413-9.

MISHRA D., 2020. Surya: one of the dynamic Gods, In: Swarṇasundaram. Dr. Nirmal Sundar Felicitation volume, The Banaras Mercantile Co., Calcutta, p.456-473, ISBN: 978-81-86359-88-5, Link in HAL :

PROISY C., WALCKER R., BLANCHARD E., GARDEL A. and ANTHONY E.J., 2020. Mangroves: a natural early warning system of erosion on open muddy coasts in French Guiana, In: Friess D. and Sidik F. (eds), Dynamic Sedimentary Environment of Mangrove Coasts, Elsevier, pp. 47-63,

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DAVID, Hugo, “Action Theory and Scriptural Exegesis in Early Advaita-Vedānta (2): Maṇḍana Miśra's excursus on the Buddha's Omniscience”, in Reverberations of Dharmakīrti's Philosophy, Proceedings of the Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference, Birgit Kellner, Patrick McAllister, Horst Lasic & Sara McClintock (eds), Heidelberg August 26-30, 2014, Vienne : Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2020, p. 41-76.

DAVID, Hugo, "The birth of Uttara-Mīmāṃsā: a New Look at the Early History of Vedānta from a Hermeneutic Point of View", in Les scolastiques indiennes : genèses, développements, interactions, Émilie Aussant et Gérard Colas (ed.), Études thématiques 32, Paris, EFEO, 2020, p. 127-142.


GOODALL, Dominic, “NANDIRĀŚI’S PĀŚUPATA MONASTERY: K. 1352 (590 śaka), a non-royal Sanskrit Inscription in Kampot from the reign of Jayavarman I”, in LIBER AMICORUM Mélanges réunis en hommage à / in honor of Ang Chouléan, Grégory Mikaelian, Siyonn Sophearith, Ashley Thompson (eds.), Paris / Phnom Penh, Péninsule / Association des Amis de Yosothor, 2020, p. 325-343.

GOODALL, Dominic, “Tying Down Fame with Noose-Like Letters: K. 1318, A Hitherto Unpublished Tenth-Century Sanskrit Inscription from Kok Romeas”, in Archaeologies of the Written: Indian, Tibetan, and Buddhist Studies in Honour of Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, Vincent Tournier, Vincent Eltschinger et Marta Sernesi (dir.), Naples, Universita degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” (Series Minor, vol. LXXXIX), 2020, p. 205-224.

GOODALL, Dominic, ”Harmonisation and Distortion in Śaiva Scholastic Literature. Studies in the Saiddhāntika Paddhatis III”, in Les scolastiques indiennes : genèses, développements, interactions, Émilie Aussant et Gérard Colas (ed.), Études thématiques 32, Paris, EFEO, 2020, p. 227-238.

R. SATHYANARAYANAN, R., and GOODALL, Dominic, “Text and Paratext in South Indian Śaiva Manuscripts”, in Colophons, Prefaces, Satellite Stanzas Paratextual Elements and Their Role in the Transmission of Indian Texts, Eva Wilden et Suganya Anandakichenin (eds), Hamburg University Indian and Tibetan Studies 10, p. 511-541.



DE BERCEGOL R. and GOREAU PONCEAUD A., 2020. La souffrance des oubliés du lockdown dans les villes indiennes, Cahier des UMIFRE, (7): 23-25, URL:

DE BERCEGOL R. and GOWDA S., 2020. Nettoyer l’Inde », la marginalisation des récupérateurs de déchets à Delhi, Les Cahiers d’Outre-Mer, 281: 41-68,, URL:

DE HEERING A. and MICHIELS S., 2019. Un cliché pour l’éternité ? Un siècle de pratique du portrait photographique en Inde du Sud (1915-1990) / [An everlasting photograph? A century of portrait photography practice in South India (1915-1990)], Histoire & Mesure, 34 (2): p. 193-228,, URL:

DIVYA B., RAMESH B.R. and PRAVEEN KARANTH K., 2020. Contrasting patterns of phylogenetic diversity across climatic zones of Western Ghats: A biodiversity hotspot in peninsular India [Early view], Journal of Systematics and Evolution, DOI :, URL:

GODWYN-PAULSON P., JONATHAN M. P., HERNANDEZ F. R., MUTHUSANKAR G. and LAKSHUMAN C., 2020. Coastline variability of several Latin American cities alongside Pacific Ocean due to the unusual “Sea Swell” events of 2015, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 192 (8),, URL:

GANESAN T., 2020. The Śaiva Āgama-s and the fundamental Śaiva concepts, Journal of the Oriental Institute, 68 (4): 19-26.

GANESAN T., 2020. The status of Paśu in the Śivajñānabōdha tradition of Śaivasiddhānta, The Adyar Library Bulletin, 83: 283-308.

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GOREAU PONCEAUD A. and MATHEVET R., 2020. Voir ou entrevoir le tigre : tourisme domestique et expérience de nature en Inde, Les Cahiers d’Outre-Mer, 281: 289-305,, URL:

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GUÉTAT-BERNARD H., DELAPLACE A. and VENKATASUBRAMANIAN G., 2020. Diversification des activités autour d’un projet familial d’agriculture biologique en Inde du sud. Transmission de valeurs, liens intergénérationnels et entrepreneuriat féminin. Entretien avec Mithra Ravichandran, ferme Krishnaas Organic, territoire de Pondichéry, Les Cahiers d’Outre-Mer, 281: 251-269,, URL:

ISABELLE G. and KUMAR S., 2020. Unpayable debt: Debt, gender, and sex in financialized India, American Ethnologist, Journal of the American Ethnological Society, 47 (3),, URL:

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