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Andre Couture
1945,  Male ,  Canadian ,  Full Professor, Laval University

André Couture is an Indologist and professor of the History of Religions at the Faculté de théologie et de sciences religieuses, Université Laval, Québec, Canada. Couture has published on a wide variety of topics. Of special interest in this context are a number of articles on Krishna mythology and the translation of various texts including chaps. 30-78 of the Harivamsha (L’enfance de Krishna, 1991); Appendix I, no. 41, of the Harivamsha (La vision de Markandeya et la manifestation du Lotus, 2007); Bhasa’s Balacarita (in Théâtre de l’Inde ancienne, ed. Lyne Bansat-Boudon, 2006); and with Christine Chojnacki, Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina texts related to the Harivamsha (Krishna et ses métamorphoses dans les traditions indiennes. Récits d’enfance autour du Harivamsha: PUPS, 2014).

Foreign correspondent, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, Paris (France)


Société asiatique (Paris)
Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR)
Association française des études indiennes (AFEI).

— and Elfrun Linke, “Sanskrit-Pali-Prakrit Index with Scientific Name, English and French Equivalent”, in K.N. Dave, Birds in Sanskrit Literature, Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 1985 (Enlarged Ed.), pp. 485-516.
— and Charlotte Schmid, “The Harivamsha, the Goddess Ekanamsha and the Iconography of the Vrishni Triads”, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 121.2 (2001), pp. 173-192.
“From Vishnu’s Deeds to Vishnu’s Play, or Observations on the Word Avatara As a Designation for the Manifestations of Vishnu”, Journal of Indian Philosophy 29/3 (2001), pp. 313-326.
“Krishna’s Initiation at Sandipani’s Hermitage”, Numen, Vol. 49 (2002), pp. 37-60.
“Dvaraka : The Making of a Sacred Place”, in Phyllis Granoff & Koichi Shinohara (ed.), Pilgrims, Patrons, and Place: Localizing Sanctity in Asian Religions, Vancouver – Toronto, University of British Columbia, 2003, pp. 225-248.
“Krishna’s Victory over Bana and Goddess Kotavi’s Manifestation in the Harivamsha”, Journal of Indian Philosophy 31, pp. 593-620.
“Noteworthy Resemblances Between Pradyumna’s Chilhood and Krishna’s Childhood”, in Maitreyee Deshpande (ed.), Problems in Vedic and Sanskrit Literature, Delhi, New Bharatiya Book Corporation, 2004, pp. 79-86.
“The Meaning of the Word Yoga or Yogin in the Puskarapradurbhava Section of the Harivamsha,” in Petteri Koskikallio (ed.), Epics, Khilas and Puranas: Continuities and Ruptures. Proceedings of the Third Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epic and Puranas, Zagreb, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2005, pp. 389-409.
“The Emergence of a Group of Four Characters (Vasudeva, Samkarshana, Pradyumna, and Aniruddha) in the Harivamsha: Points for Consideration”, Journal of Indian Philosophy, 34 (2006), 571-585.
“The Reception of Krishna’s Childhood in Three Jaina Sanskrit Texts”, in Parallels and Comparisons. Proceedings of the Fourth Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epic and Puranas, September 2005, Zagreb, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2009, pp. 423-445.
“Vishnu”, in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Volume 1, Leiden, Brill, 2009, pp. 783-796.
“Avatara”, in Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Volume II, Leiden, Brill, 2010, pp. 701-705.

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