BOURQUIN, Auguste Ali

BOURQUIN, Auguste Ali. Sonvilier, Bern 8.4.1848Denver 14.1.1928. Swiss Protestant Priest and Indologist. Son of Louis Alcide Bourquin and Zelie Chopard. In 1882 he was member of Scottish Mission at General Assembly Institution in Bombay, but returned soon after that to Europe after having spent eleven years as missionary in India. He was also attached at Royal College in Bombay. Dr.théol. 1885 Paris. In 1889 he was the minister of Vals-les-Bains, in 1897 living in Lausanne. In 1901 his adress was unknown to the D.M.G. (probably he was living in Neuchâtel), then in 1916, 1918 and still 1926 he was French Consular Agent (but Swiss citizen) in Denver, Colorado. Apparently his Indological career lasted only a few years.

Publications: “Brahmakarma, ou rites sacrés des Brahmanes”, Mélanges. A.M.G., Bibl. d’ét. 7. Paris 1884, 3-149; translation “Dharmasindhu, ou Océan des rites religieux par le prêtre Kāshinātha”, ibid. 151-272, transl. by de Milloué from English: “Dh. or the Ocean of religious rites”, JBRAS 15, 1883, 1-24, 150-168, 225-272.

Le panthéisme dans le védas. 278 p. Paris 1885 (thèse de théol.).

– “Considérations sur le calendrier védique et sur quelques points de l’astronomie, de l’astrologie et du rituel des Indous”, Actes du VI Congrès int. des Orientalistes tenu en 1883 à Leide, III, 1885, section 2:Aryenne, 607-623.

Sources: Not in Arch. biogr. franç.; works in Renou, Bibl. védique.; member lists of D.M.G. 1882, 1901, 1918, 1926, 1930, and of Soc. asiatique 1909, 1924, 1929; briefly mentioned in RHR 9, 1884 & 12, 1885; birth in ancestry.com, death in www.courtlistener.com/opinion/3318669/weiss-v-grant/.

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