A Bibliography of "Divine Kings" in S. Asia
Contributed by Pankaj Jain, University of North Texas
"Ancient Indian Kingship from the Religious Point of View" by Jan Gonda.
"Kings" or "Kingship" in both the Encyclopedia of Religion (first edited by Eliade), the article will have a short bibliography, and the older Hastings Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, a gold mine of information.
Also see if Lord of the Four Quarters: The Mythology of Kingship by John Weir Perry is of help.
Tambiah also provides a very good discussion of Clifford Geertz's theories about divine kingship in Bali (?) in his (Tambiah's) biography of Edmund Leach. Here he also give a very good account of Leach's own thinking on the matter.
Geertz's ideas are also critically (and very amusingly) discussed in Adam Kuper's polemical attack on the culture concept in American anthropology (in his book _Culture_). The most useful part, however, are the references to further reading he provides, esp. on Geertz's ideas about divine kingship.
Adrian C. Mayer. "Rulership and Divinity: The Case of the Modern Hindu Prince and Beyond." Modern Asian Studies 25, 4 (1991), pp. 765-790.
(This brief essay has a good discussion of what it means to be
"divine" in Indic contexts, as well as discussions of several
different royal practices.)
Two essays by John Cort on Jain theories of kingship, one in the volume Open Boundaries (1998), the other in a volume edited by Jayandra Soni in 2001, Vasantagauravam."
1.R.S. Sharma, Aspects o Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India, Motilal Banarsidass, ( Revised Edition), 1996
2. Hermann Kulke,ed., The State in India 1000=1700, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1995."
Dumont, Louis. "The Conception of Kingship in Ancient India,"
Gonda, J. *Ancient Indian Kingship*. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1966.
Heesterman, J. C. "The Conundrum of the King?s Authority," *Kingship
---. *Ancient Indian Royal Consecration: The Rajasuya Described
---. *The Rajasuya, The Ancient Indian Royal Consecration, The Rajasuya
Hocart, Arthur Maurice. *Kingship*. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1927.
Inden, Roland. "Ritual, Authority, and Cyclic Time in Hindu
Narayanan, M. G. C. and Kesavan Veluthat, "Feudal Ideology: Bhakti
Panikkar, Sardar K. M*. Origin & Evolution of Kingship in India*.
Witzel, Michael. "Coronation Rituals of Nepal with Special Reference to
Yamazaki, Gen?ichi. "Kingship in Ancient India as Described in Literary
Revised: October 13, 2011