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Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques (Walter de Gruyter) [old volumes freely available here]
History of Religions (University of Chicago Press)
Journal of Hindu Studies (Oxford University Press)
Journal of Religion (University of Chicago Press)
Philosophy East and West (University of Hawai’i Press)
Religion Compass (Wiley Online Library)
Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde Südasiens (Austrian Academy of Sciences)

My Ancestry

on my father’s side

on my mother’s side

Smith of Bickington is my earliest traceable ancestor. He is one of my 8192 (i.e. 213) great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents.

The maternal line as traced here runs Smith > Smith’s daughter (m. Nicholas Pearse) > Richard Pearse (m. Grace Cock) > Nicholas Pearse de Blackmore (m. Priscilla Blake) > George Pearse (m. Ana Trowte) > Capt. Daniel Pearse (m. Elizabeth Le Plastrier) > Daniel Pearse (m. Dorothea Calanan) > Capt. Elias Pearse (m. Frances Maria Langford) > Dr George Pearse (m. Anne Sarah McCulloch) > Col. Charles John Pearse (m. Harriet Emma Pelly) > Cecil Pearse (m. Ethel Freda Charlotte Bedford) > Maj. Cecil Frederick Godfrey Pearse (m. Kathleen ‘Anne’ Foot, formerly Eschwege) > Janet Christine Pearse (m. Timothy John Brodbeck) > my siblings and I.

The paternal line as traced here runs Christianus Brodbeck (m. Maria Oser) > Johann Brodbeck (m. Maria Gutzwiller) > Johann Georg Brodbeck (m. Ursulla Sütterlig) > Mathius Brodbeck (m. Maria Ursula Suter) > Kaspar Brodbeck (m. Barbara Meury) > Franz Joseph Brodbeck (m. Elisabeth Ströss) > Simon Brodbeck (m. Madeleine Uhl) > Charles Christian Brodbeck (m. Ida Bersinger) > Maxwell Arnold Brodbeck (m. Margery ‘M.D.’ Walley) > Timothy John Brodbeck (m. Janet Christine Pearse) > my siblings and I.

We can infer that the 8192 ancestors at the level of Smith would include also (from the maternal line) a Pearse, a Cock, a Blake, a Trowte, a Le Plastrier, a Calanan, a Langford, a McCulloch, a Pelly, a Bedford, and an Eschwege, plus (in the ancestry of Ana Trowte) a Birch, plus (in the ancestry of Ethel Freda Charlotte Bedford) a Turner, plus (in the ancestry of Kathleen ‘Anne’ Foot) a Marciel and a Foot; and (from the paternal line) a Brodbeck, an Oser, a Gutzwiller, a Sütterlig, a Suter, a Meury, a Ströss, an Uhl, a Bersinger, and a Walley, plus (in the ancestry of Ida Bersinger) an Eller, plus (in the ancestry of Margery ‘M.D.’ Walley) a Booth, a Preston, and a Mills.

The other 8162 (i.e. 99.63%) of my ancestors at this level are unknown.


Department of Religious and Theological Studies, Cardiff University. Email:


Born: Lancaster, July 1970

Queen Elizabeth’s School, Kirkby Lonsdale

The International School of Geneva

Clare College, Cambridge: BA, 1992; MA, 1999

King’s College, London: PGCE, 1993

School of Oriental and African Studies, London: MA, 1995; PhD under Alexander Piatigorsky, ‘Asakta karman (action without attachment) in the Bhagavadgita’, 2002

University of Edinburgh: Lecturer, Department of Sanskrit, 2002–4

School of Oriental and African Studies: Research Assistant, Department of the Study of Religions (‘Epic Constructions’ project), 2004–7

Clay Sanskrit Library, Wolfson College, Oxford: Translator and Assistant Editor, 2007–8

Cardiff University: ‘History of Genealogy’ project with James Hegarty, 2008–11; Harivamsha project with Will Johnson, 2011–14; ‘Serious Brain Power’ fellow, 2012–17; promoted to Reader, 2013




Genealogy and History in South Asia, edited by Simon Brodbeck and James M. Hegarty. Religions of South Asia 5.1–2 (special issue), 2012 (for 2011).

Who’s Who in Ancient India? The Solar and Lunar Dynasties in the Harivamsha. 2011.

The Mahabharata Patriline: Gender, Culture, and the Royal Hereditary. Farnham: Ashgate, 2009.

Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata, edited by Simon Brodbeck and Brian Black. London: Routledge (Hindu Studies Series), 2007. Paperback edn 2009.

Mahabharata Conference, edited by Simon Brodbeck and Brian Black. Journal of Vaishnava Studies 14.2 (special issue), 2006.



On the lineal significance of the rajasuya in the Mahabharata.’ Indologica Taurinensia 38, 2014 (for 2012), pp. 27–63.

Refuge and reform: snakes, gleaners, and nishadas in early kavya.’ Giovanni Ciotti, Alastair Gornall, and Paolo Visigalli (eds), Pushpika: Tracing Ancient India through Texts and Traditions. Contributions to Current Research in Indology, Volume 2, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2014, pp. 1–34.

The story of Savitri in the Mahabharata: a lineal interpretation.’ Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 23.4, 2013, pp. 527–49.

Some textological observations on the analytic and synthetic modes.’ Vishwa Adluri (ed.), Ways and Reasons for Thinking about the Mahabharata as a Whole, Pune: Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, 2013, pp. 135–54.

Harivamsha.’ Alf Hiltebeitel (ed.-in-chief), Oxford Bibliographies Online: Hinduism, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Vaishampayana’s Mahabharata patriline.’ John Brockington (ed.), Battle, Bards and Brahmins (Papers of the 13th World Sanskrit Conference, vol. 2), Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2012, pp. 1–38.

Solar and lunar lines in the Mahabharata.’ Religions of South Asia 5.1–2, 2012 (for 2011), pp. 127–52.

Genealogy and history in South Asia (Religions of South Asia, special issue): introduction’, by eds Simon Brodbeck and James M. Hegarty. Religions of South Asia 5.1–2, 2012 (for 2011), pp. 5–28.

Putrika interpretation of the Mahabharata.’ Samskritavimarshaha: Journal of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan 6, 2012, pp. 143–59.

The rejection of Shakuntala in the Mahabharata: dynastic considerations.’ Saswati Sengupta and Deepika Tandon (eds), Revisiting Abhijnanashakuntalam: Love, Lineage and Language in Kalidasa’s Nataka, Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2011, pp. 219–37.

Analytic and synthetic approaches in light of the critical edition of the Mahabharata and Harivamsha.’ Journal of Vaishnava Studies 19.2, 2011, pp. 223–50.

‘Sanskrit epics: the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Harivamsha.’ Jessica Frazier (ed.), The Continuum Companion to Hindu Studies, London: Continuum, 2011, pp. 83–99. Paperback edn with very minor corrections, The Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies, London: Bloomsbury, 2014, pp. 83–99.

Mahabharata’, ‘Bhagavad Gita’, and ‘Ramayana’. Alf Hiltebeitel (ed.-in-chief), Oxford Bibliographies Online: Hinduism, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Janamejaya’s big brother: new light on the Mahabharata’s frame story.’ Religions of South Asia 2.2, 2009 (for 2008), pp. 161–76.

The Bharadvaja pattern in the Mahabharata.’ Petteri Koskikallio (ed.), Parallels and Comparisons (Proceedings of the 4th Dubrovnik International Conference on the Sanskrit Epics and Puranas), Zagreb: Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2009, pp. 137–79.

Husbands of Earth: kshatriyas, females, and female kshatriyas in the Striparvan of the Mahabharata.’ Robert P. Goldman and Muneo Tokunaga (eds), Epic Undertakings (Papers of the 12th World Sanskrit Conference, vol. 2), Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2009, pp. 33–63.

Cricket and the karmayoga: a comparative study of peak performance.’ Sport in Society 10.5, 2007, pp. 787–801.

‘Gendered soteriology: marriage and the karmayoga.’ Simon Brodbeck and Brian Black (eds), Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata, London: Routledge, 2007, pp. 144–75.

‘Introduction’, by eds Simon Brodbeck and Brian Black. Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata, London: Routledge, 2007, pp. 1–34.

Myth and ideology of the imperial kshatriya: viewing the Mahabharata from here and now.’ Journal of Vaishnava Studies 14.2, 2006, pp. 93–102.

Ekalavya and Mahabharata 1.121–28.’ International Journal of Hindu Studies 10.1, 2006, pp. 1–34.

The story of Ekalavya in the Mahabharata.’ Julia Leslie and Matthew Clark (eds), Creating a Dialogue: Text, Belief and Personal Identity (Proceedings of the Valmiki Studies Workshop), London: School of Oriental and African Studies, 2004, pp. 15–24.

Calling Krishna’s bluff: non-attached action in the Bhagavadgita.’ Journal of Indian Philosophy 32.1, 2004, pp. 81–103.

Krishna’s action as the paradigm of asakta karman in the Bhagavadgita.’ Renata Czekalska and Halina Marlewicz (eds), Second International Conference on Indian Studies: Proceedings, Cracow: Institute of Oriental Philology, Jagiellonian University, 2003, pp. 85–112.

Introduction.’ Juan Mascaró (tr.), The Bhagavad Gita, London: Penguin, 2003, pp. ix–xxxii.

Religious Experience in London, by Olga Pupynin and Simon Brodbeck. Lampeter: Religious Experience Research Centre (Occasional Paper Series), 2001, 40 pp.



Book review, Dialogics of Self, the Mahabharata, and Culture: the History of Understanding and Understanding of History (Lakshmi Bandlamudi), Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 2.2, 2012, pp. 373–8.

Book review, Dharma (Alf Hiltebeitel), Journal of Hindu Studies 4.1, 2011, pp. 101–3.

Book reviewJaiminiya Ashvamedhika Parva in the Mahabharata (Shekhar Sen, tr., and Pradip Bhattacharya, ed.), Religions of South Asia 4.1, 2011 (for 2010), pp. 125–7. 

Conference report, ‘Cardiff University International Workshop on Genealogy and History in South Asia’ (St Michael’s College, Llandaff, May 2010), Bulletin of the British Association for the Study of Religions 117, 2010, pp. 13–15.

Book review, The Ramayana of Valmiki: an Epic of Ancient India. Volume VI: Yuddhakanda (Robert P. Goldman, Sally J. Sutherland Goldman, and Barend A. van Nooten, trs), Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 20.4, 2010, pp. 556–9.

Book review, Stri: Women in Epic Mahabharata (Kevin McGrath), Indo-Iranian Journal 53.1, 2010, pp. 89–94.

Book review, Desire and Motivation in Indian Philosophy (Christopher G. Framarin), Religious Studies 46.1, 2010, pp. 135–40.

Book review, The Table is Laid: the Oxford Anthology of South Asian Food Writing (John Thieme and Ira Raja, eds), Culture and Religion 9.2, 2008, pp. 199–201.

Encyclopedia entries, ‘Bhakti (as path)’, ‘Jnana (as path)’, and ‘Karma (as path)’. Denise Cush, Catherine Robinson, and Michael York (eds), Encyclopedia of Hinduism, London: Routledge, 2008, pp. 88–9, 392–3, 413–14.

Book review, The Mahabharata, bk 2 (Paul Wilmot, tr.), bk 3 vol. 1 (W. J. Johnson, tr.), bk 4 (Kathleen Garbutt, tr.), bk 7 vol. 1 (Vaughan Pilikian, tr.), bk 8 vol. 1 (Adam Bowles, tr.), and bk 9 vol 1 (Justin Meiland, tr.), Religions of South Asia 1.1, 2007, pp. 132–4.

Book review, Stages and Transitions: Temporal and Historical Frameworks in Epic and Puranic Literature (Mary Brockington, ed.) and Epics, Khilas, and Puranas: Continuities and Ruptures (Petteri Koskikallio, ed.), Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 17.1, 2007, pp. 81–6.

‘Introduction’, by eds Simon Brodbeck and Brian Black. Journal of Vaishnava Studies 14.2, 2006, pp. 1–8.

Book review, Pancha Kanya: the Five Virgins of Indian Epics—a Quest in Search of Meaning (Pradip Bhattacharya), South Asia Research 26.1, 2006, pp. 101–5.

Conference report, ‘Epic Constructions: Gender, Myth and Society in the Mahabharata’ (SOAS, July 2005), Bulletin of the British Association for the Study of Religions 106, 2005, pp. 37–40.

Book review, The Mahabharata, vol. 7: bk 11, The Book of the Women; bk 12, The Book of Peace, pt 1 (James L. Fitzgerald, tr.), South Asia Research 25.2, 2005, pp. 238–43.