Le discours royal dans l'Inde du Sud ancienne. Inscriptions et monuments pallava (IVème - IXème siècles). Tome I
This book is an in-depth study of the royal ideology of the Pallava dynasty (South India, 4th-9th c. CE). These Hindu kings have left numerous and diverse sources evincing their conceptions of the world and the society, and particularly their self-representation of kingship. Through the examination of epigraphical and iconographical panegyrics as well as of coinage and Tamil court poetry (Nantikkalampakam), the argument is that, beside the brahmanical model of subordination of king to brahmin, there existed a specific royal discourse, at times contentious. The crucial point of divergence is the Pallavas’ claim to the double status of kings and brahmins. In this respect, kingship asserts ist independence vis-à-vis the brahmanical class by incorporating it in ist lineage, thus achieving the union of “temporal” and “spiritual” powers.
The first volume contains the introduction and the presentation of the sources. The first part is a general presentation of Hindu kingship and the Pallava dynasty (origin, history, art). The second part draws up and presents the sources considered as testimonies of the royal discourse, contrasting them with other Pallava-period sources of “local” nature. It concludes with considerations about the royal panegyric and the nature of royal sources (issuers, functions, addressees).