SCHERMAN, Lucian

SCHERMAN, Lucian. Posen 10.10.1864 — Hanson, Mass. 29.5.1946. German Indologist and Anthropologist. Professor in Munich. Husband of —> Chr. S. Son of a merchant. After school in Posen studies at Breslau (Stenzler) and München (E. Kuhn). Ph.D. 1885 München. PD 1892 München, for Indology, but soon seems to have turned to anthropology. From 1901 eo. Professor and in 1916-33 ord. Professor für die Völkerkunde Asiens at München. In 1907-33 also Director of Museum der Völkerkunde in Munich. In 1910-11 in India and Burma. From 1912 Member of Bavarian Academy od Sciences. In 1933 forced to retire as a jew from University and Museum, in 1939 expelled from Academy on “racial” grounds and fled with his wife to the U.S.A., where their son was living as physician. Became U.S. citizen before his death. Apparently published not much.

Publications: Diss. rev. as Philosophische Hymnen aus der Rig- und Atharva-Veda-Saṁhitā, verglichen mit den Philosophemen der älteren Upanishads. 7+96 p. Strassburg 1887; habil.diss. Materialien zur Geschichte der indischen Visionsliteratur. 5+161 p. Lp. 1892.

editor of Orientalische Bibliographie. 1893-1911, 1926.

Völkerkundliche Notizen aus Oberbirma. 1. Die Maring. 12 p. 3 pl. SBaAW 1911:9; see also under Chr. Scherman.

Zur altchinesischen Plastik. Erläuterung einiger Neuzugänge im München ethnographischen Museum. 62 p. SBaAW 1915; Frühbuddhistische Steinskulpturen in China. München 1921; Buddha in Fürstenschmuck. Erläuterung hinterindischer Bildwerke der Münchener Museum für Völkerkunde. 36 p. ABaAW N.F. 7. München 1932.

– “Von Indiens ‘Blauen Bergen’ (Nīlgiri): Kurumba – Irula – Paniyan”, JAOS 62, 1942, 13-35, 10 fig.

– “Indische Weisheit”, JAOS 63, 1943, 241-262, English transl.: “Indian Wisdom. Marginal Notes to “Hinduism and Buddhism” by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy: Philosophical, Literary, 1943”, NIA 8, 1946, 7-30.

– “India and Kroeber’s Configuration of Culture Growth”, JAOS 65, 1945, 133-144.

Kleine Schriften. Hrsg. von A. Wezler. 704 p. Glasenapp-Stiftunf 40. St. 2001.

Sources: Edgerton, JAOS 66, 1946, 271; *H. Goetz, NIA 8, 1946, 120f.; F. Wilhelm, N.D.B. 22, 2005, 699f.; D.G.K. 1931 & 1935; briefly Wikipedia, more in German version with photo.

*Bruno J. Richtsfeld (ed.): “Der Briefwechsel Lucian Scherman–Albert von Le Coq und die Gründe für das Scheitern einer Serindien-Abteilung am Völkerkundemuseum München. Die Serindien-Sammlung des Staatlichen Museums für Völkerkunde München II”, Münchner Beiträge zur Völkerkunde 14, 2010/11, 129–193.

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