Former Project Investigator
Institute for Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia • Austrian Academy of Sciences
Francesco Bianchini studied as an undergraduate at the Institute for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies of the University of Vienna. As part of his postgraduate studies he joined VISCOM in March 2015. He is dealing with medieval Pāñcarātra sources focusing on passages that can throw light on the links between this tradition and the institution of kingship. One of the more transparent works in this regard is the Ahirbudhnyasaṃitā, which contains large sections describing royal chaplains and the rituals these specialists can perform on behalf of the royal patron. Unsurprisingly, much emphasis is placed on the benefits the king will be able to enjoy.