MERVART, Ljudmila Aleksandrovna

MERVART, Ljudmila Aleksandrovna (née Levina). St.Petersburg 25.8. (6.9.)1888 — 9.9.1965. Russian Indologist, Anthropologist and South-East Asian (Indonesian) Scholar. Began study at St.Petersburg in 1910. In 1914-18 in India and Sri Lanka doing fieldwork with his husband —> A. M. M., returned to St.Petersburg in 1922. In 1918-23 taught at Far Eastern University in Vladivostok. Like her husband worked in Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in Leningrad. She was arrested in October 1929, liberated, but rearrested in 1930 and sentenced for five years like her husband. Surviving the camp she was liberated in 1935. According to Miliband: Kand. obščestv. nauk and kand. filol. nauk, both 1936, Docent 1940. In 1924-44 naučnyj sotrudnik at Ethnographical Institute of Russian Academy, in 1924-27 also taught at university. According to Vasil’kov et al. she was not allowed to work on her speciality before 1944. In 1945-48 at VIIJa, 1949-58 at Moscow Institut Vostokovedenija. She was the founder of Indonesian philology in Russia.

Publications: at least 15 publications, e.g.:

– “Obrjadovye ubory kašmirskih brahmanov”, Sbornik Muz. Antrop. Etn. 6, 1927, 165-209; “Malajskij teatr”, Vostočnyj teatr. Lg. 1929, 112-195.

Sources: Vasil’kov et al. 1990, 97; *NAA 1965:6, 246f. (with photo); Bongard-Levin & Vigasin 1984, 105f. (defective); *Vigasin 2008, 507-534, with photo; Miliband, Biobibliogr. slovar’ sovetskih vostokovedov. (1977 defective, see 1995).

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