Organized Panel Session
3 - Integrating Lives and Spaces: A Study of the Shrines Under the Valkha Kings (c. 357/58-486/87 CE)Integrating Lives and Spaces: A Study of the Shrines Under the Valkha Kings (c. 357/58-486/87 CE)Integrating Lives and Spaces: A Study of the Shrines Under the Valkha Kings (c. 357/58-486/87 CE)
Friday, July 6
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Willow, First Floor
The sacred complex of My-Son in Central Vietnam with its beautiful architecture and royal inscriptions provides very significant clues to cultural connections with ancient India. The texts of the My-Son inscriptions (5th - 8th century CE) throw light on the context and ideology of the early phase of the kingdom centered in the Thu Bon valley. Royal inscriptions of My-Son are in Sanskrit (6th century) and indicate the site to be affiliated to the kingdom of Champa, a name which it shares with Campā, the capital of ancient Aṅga in the Bhagalpur region. It has been suggested that the name was chosen by the Chams themselves after voyages to India and not by incoming Indians. There are other aspects and cultural artifacts which also point to possibilities of interconnection. These include the box-headed variety of Brahmi script in the My-son inscriptions, the occurrence of the Dharmasastric concept of aksayanivi as a tenure of land grant and the installation of Sivalinga after the name of the reigning kings. The paper attempts to look into the centrality of the site in the politics/ideology of the kingdom in the early phase and trace the trajectories of cultural exchange between two geographical spaces and cultures.