Borayin Larios

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence





University of Vienna


Mailing Address

Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Bereich Südasienkunde
Uni-Campus AAKh, Hof 2.1, Spitalgasse 2-4
1090 Vienna, Austria


Countries of Specialization



MA University of Fribourg and Lausanne, Switzerland
PhD from Heildeberg University, Germany.

Research Interests

As a scholar of contemporary religion, my main methodological approach is interdisciplinary. I am an advocate for a combined approach of cultural anthropology, religious studies, and historical philology. As a researcher, I attempt to understand the contemporary religious traditions of India within a deep awareness of its classical past.
My first book entitled "Embodying the Vedas: Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra" (2017) is available in open access from De Gruyter as well as here. I have also published several articles on the contemporary Vedic traditions. Currently, my main research interests revolve around popular and everyday Hinduism expressed at wayside shrines in Indian cities. Other interests include Hindu Nationalism, Yoga and Tantra traditions, and Ethno-Indology as a research method.

Teaching Interests

Material culture; food, religion, and politics; text-anthropology; Hinduism; Hindu nationalism; urban religion


• 2017 – Embodying Sacred Sound. Traditional Vedic schools of contemporary Maharashtra. “Open Access - Hinduism” De Gruyter Open (series) edited by I. Banerjee-Dube.


Veda, material religion, India, Hinduism, popular religion, wayside shrines