Caley Charles Smith
Caley Charles Smith is a scholar of the history of South Asian religions. His major focus is the concept of text. How might the representation of composing, reciting, hearing, and memorizing illuminate how texts were understood and used by a pre-modern community? His current book project, The Invisible Mask, examines the role poetic impersonation played in Vedic ritual and the way this impersonation shaped the notion of recitation and ritual kinship in early Buddhist and Hindu ascetic communities. As College Fellow, he will be researching the emergence and development of the varṇa system and its eventual displacement of Vedic ritual kinship.
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