Chris Gibbons
Chris Gibbons

Project Title: Theory and Practice of Yoga in the Mahābhārata

Principal Advisor: Dr Adam Bowles

Topic Quote: India’s ancient Sanskrit epic, the Mahābhārata, preserves the world’s oldest sustained treatments of 'yoga' in well known didactic passages such as the Bhagavadgītā, for example. Less well known, however, are ways in which the epic’s poets use ‘yoga’ in tropes of power and transcendence, implicating mighty gods, powerful seers, and troubled kings in the action at critical narrative junctures.

This thesis explores the problem of ‘yoga’ across the Mahābhārata in order to develop a fuller understanding of ‘yoga’ in ancient India’s religious, social, and political history.

My Experience at UQ: The School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry has a true desire to produce world class scholarship on the world's religions. Immediate, expert supervision, together with teaching and other professional opportunities the School provides us makes the School and UQ a genuinely global University in the middle of Brisbane. It's a great place to be. The Library staff's excellent support in digital resources, sourcing publications and software training has been invaluable for developing my research methods.

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