Report of the Third International Vedic Workshop,
Leiden, 30 May - 2 June.

  1. Acknowledgments and Programme
  2. Narrative report
  3. Photographic report
  4. Back




From 29 May to 2 June 2002 the Third International Vedic Workshop took place in Leiden, with participants from over ten countries. The Leiden Workshop carried the title "The Vedas: Text, Language and Ritual", and took its place in a tradition started at Harvard in 1989 and continued in Kyoto in 1999. As in the previous two meetings, the research represented at the International Vedic Workshop shared not only a common subject area, viz. Vedic texts and the language and ritual reflected in these, but also an acceptance of the importance of the philological method in dealing with these texts, where possible supplemented with Vedic "fieldwork".


The organizers of the Leiden Workshop are happy to acknowledge the financial support of a few institutions without which the present Workshop could not have taken place: the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), the Stichting J. Gonda Fonds, the University of Leiden (TCZCA and VTW), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Gebied Geesteswetenschappen of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, (NWO), the Research School CNWS (School of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies), and the Leids Universitair Fonds (LUf).


The organizers would like to thank the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) for its crucial organizational support.

The Organizing Committee
Prof. H.W. Bodewitz
Prof. A.M. Lubotsky
Dr. J.E.M. Houben
Drs. A. Griffiths
Drs. M. Rozing

3rd International Vedic Workshop,

Leiden, May 29 - June 2, 2002

"The Vedas: Texts, Language, and Ritual"



Workshop Venues:

[1.] WSD-Complex (Building 1175), "Lak-Café"

[2.] Van der Klaauw Biological Lab, Main Lecture Hall

[3.] WSD-Complex (Building 1175), room 003


Arrival & Registration Day (Wednesday 29.05)

Arrival of Participants

1600-1900 Registration and Coffee (LAK-Café) Venue: [1.]


Day 1 (Thursday 30.05)

Venue: [2.]

0900-0945 Coffee

0945-1015 Opening

Sarva;saakhaasamanvayam Vaidikama:ngalam (Prof. S.S. Bahulkar)

Smt. Shyamala Cowsik, Ambassador of India

Prof. J.C. Heesterman, Organizing committee, honorary president

Prof. V.R. Panchmukhi, Indian Council of Social Science Research


1. Panel on The Religion of the .Rgveda

1015-1030 Introductory comments by the chair, H.W. Bodewitz


1030-1100 1. J. Brereton (Austin) - "Bráhman, Brahmán and Yájamaana"

1100-1115 Discussion by A. Parpola

1115-1145 2. H. Falk (Berlin) - "The Purpose of .Rgvedic Ritual II: Cows and the Verbal Contest"

1145-1200 Discussion by S. Insler

LUNCH BREAK 1200-1400

1400-1430 3. S. Insler (Yale University) - "The Hymns of the .Rgveda"

1430-1445 Discussion by M. Witzel

1445-1515 4. S. Jamison (Harvard University) - "Poetry and Purpose in the .Rgveda: Structuring Enigmas"

1515-1530 Discussion by H. Falk

COFFEE BREAK 1530-1600

1600-1630 5. A. Parpola (Helsinki) - "From Archaeology to a Stratigraphy of Vedic Syncretism"

1630-1645 Discussion by S. Jamison

1645-1715 6. M. Witzel (Harvard University) - ".Rgvedic Religion as a Coherent System"

1715-1730 Discussion by J. Brereton


1730-1745 Concluding remarks on the papers and the discussions (H.W. Bodewitz)


Day 2 (Friday 31.05)

2. Section on Vedic Texts

Venue: [2.]

Morning Session I: chair S. Insler

0900-0920 7. G. Thompson (New Hampshire) -  "The Question of Soma: Some New Considerations"

0920-0940 8. J. Klein (University of Georgia, Athens) - "Rigvedic náanaa"

0940-1000 9. S. Monco Taracena (Paris) - "Dawn and Song in the Vedic Hymns"

1000-1020 10. M. Jezic (Zagreb) - "Aitareya-Upani.sad: its Structure and Semiotics"

COFFEE BREAK 1020-1040

Morning Session II: chair J. Bronkhorst

1040-1100 11. Y. Ikari (Kyoto) - "The Vaadhuula-Anvaakhyaana: Notes on the New Critical Text"

1100-1120 12. C. Malamoud (Paris) - "The Parts of Taittiriiya Aara.nyaka I"

1120-1140 13. L. Kulikov (Leiden University) - "Non-Standard Uses of Accent Marks in the Taittiriiya Aara.nyaka"

1140-1200 14. T.N. Dharmadhikari (Pune) - "Re-editing the Maitraaya.nii Samhitaa - a Desideratum"

LUNCH BREAK 1200-1400

Afternoon Session I: chair M. Witzel

1400-1420 15. T. Lubin (Washinton & Lee University) - "Textual History of the Atharva;siras in Light of Manuscript Evidence"

1420-1440 16. M. Deshpande (Ann Arbor) - "Gleanings from the Krama- and Ja.taapaa.tha Mss. for the ;Saunakiiya Atharva Veda"

1440-1500 17. A. Griffiths (Leiden) - "Paippalaada Mantras in the Kau;sika Suutra"

1500-1520 18. S.S. Bahulkar (Pune) - "The Apocryphal (?) Hymn to Pratya:ngiraa in the Paippalaada Tradition"

COFFEE BREAK 1520-1540

Afternoon Session II: chair H. Falk

1540-1600 19. P. Olivelle (Austin) - "Intertextuality in Dharma;saastra - Manu and Gautama"

1600-1620 20. K. Klaus (Bonn) - "On the Sources of the Aa;svalaayana-;Srautasuutra"

1620-1640 21. M. Fujii (Kyoto) - "The Bodily Recovery after Death (JUB 3,20-28)"

1640-1700 22. C. Minkowski (Cornell University) - "The Vedastuti and the 'Védisants'"

DINNER BREAK 1700-2030

3. Presentation with film (different location!) Venue: [3.]

2030-2115 23. Cezary Galewicz (Krakow) - Film: "Ka.tavalluur Anyoonyam" (.RV Recitation Competition)


Day 3 (Saturday 01.06)

4. Section on Vedic Language.

Venue: [3.]

Morning Session I: chair S. Jamison

0900-0920 23. G.-J. Pinault (Paris) - "On the usages of the particle iva in the Rgvedic hymns"

0920-0940 24. H. Miyakawa (Erlangen) - "The Pluralization Rules for Abstract Nouns in the Rgveda"

0940-1000 25. E. Pirart (Liège) - "Some Errors of ;Saakalya"

1000-1020 26. Silvia D'Intino - "Vision and Battle in Vedic Hymns. A Remark on the Theme of Battle in the Symbology of Poetic Creation"

COFFEE BREAK 1020-1040

Morning Session II: chair J. Brereton

1040-1100 27. A. Ghosh (Calcutta) - "Problems in Determining Austric Lexical Elements in Sanskrit: a Case from the Atharvaveda"

1100-1120 28. U. Roesler (Marburg) - "The Theory of Semantic Fields as a Tool for Vedic Research"

1120-1140 29. D. Bhattacharya (Santiniketan) - "The word taat and some similar forms - Paa.nini, modern linguistics, Paippalaada evidence and some new conclusions"

1140-1200 30. W. Knobl (Kyoto) - "The Nonce Formation - A more-than-momentary look at the Augenblicksbildung"

LUNCH BREAK 1200-1400

5. Modern Media Section

Venue: [3.]

Section chair: M. Fujii

1400-1420 31. cd-rom demonstration J. Gippert (Frankfurt) - "TITUS: Online Text Retrieval for the Vedic Language"

1420-1440 32. internet presentation A. Lubotsky (Leiden) - "Vedic and the 'Indo-European Etymological Dictionary' project"

1440-1500 33. G. Ehlers (Berlin) - "Old and New Manuscripts of the Jaiminiiya"


1800 Departure in front of the University Library (behind building 1175) for Reception at the residence of the Indian ambassador


Day 4 (Sunday 02.06)

6. Section on Vedic Ritual

Venue: [3.]

Morning Session I: chair Y. Ikari

1000-1020 35. M. Kajihara (Harvard University) -"The Upanayana and Marriage in the Atharvaveda"

1020-1040 36. F. Voegeli (Lausanne/Kyoto) - "On the hapax pa;suyajña in KS IX.13 and the origin of the 'independent' animal sacrifice (niruu.dhapa;subandha) in Vedic Ritual"

1040-1100 37. S. Einoo (Tokyo) - "The Development of the V.r.sotsarga"

COFFEE BREAK 1100-1120

Morning Session II: chair C. Minkowski

1120-1140 38. J. Whitaker (University of Texas, Austin) - "Ritual Ontology and Metaphysics vs. Ritual Performance: An Account of Magic in the Atharvaveda"

1140-1200 39. J. Bronkhorst (Lausanne) - "Veda and Vedaanta"

1200-1220 40. K. Yoshimizu (Sapporo) - "The Ambivalence of a Periodical Sacrifice: nitya or kaamya from the Miimaa.msa Viewpoint"

LUNCH BREAK 1220-1430

Afternoon Session: chair A. Parpola

1430-1450 41. F. Staal (Berkeley) - "The Ritual Enclosure as a Historical Map"

1450-1510 42. D. Knipe (University of Wisconsin, Madison) - "Ritual Subversion: Reliable Enemies and Suspect Allies"

1510-1530 43. G.U. Thite (Pune) - "Vicissitudes of Vedic Ritual"

1530-1550 44. J. Houben (Leiden) - "Memetics of Vedic Ritual, Morphology of the Agni.s.toma"

COFFEE BREAK 1550-1615

7. Conclusion

1615-1645 Concluding Statements