Dr Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen

Fellow, Centre for Hindu Studies


Dr Bjarne Wernicke-Olesen is a Research Lecturer at the centre and tutor in Hinduism, Buddhism and Sanskrit at the Faculty of Theology and Religion. He teaches courses, seminars and tutorials in Sanskrit, Pāli and Indian religions, as well as courses and seminars on manuscript reading and theory and method in the Study of Religion. He is currently leading and managing a research programme on Śākta Traditions and a research programme on the Comparative Study of Religion together with Prof. Gavin Flood. He is the founder of the OCHS Kathmandu Office and also the founder and supervisor of a student exchange programme with Aarhus University.

Research Areas

His research interests in Hindu Studies and the Study of Religion include: Indian languages (esp. Sanskrit, Vedic and Pāli), the ascetic reformism (c. 6th to 2nd century BC), Śāktism and tantric traditions, medieval India and Nepal, yoga and asceticism, myths and rituals, history of ideas in South Asia, theory and method, key thinkers and the history of research on religion.

Selected Publications

His book publications include a translation of the Bhagavadgītā (2009) and an introduction to Sanskrit in two volumes (2014). He is the editor of Goddess Traditions in Tantric Hinduism: History, Practice and Doctrine (2016) and co-author on a Danish introduction to Hinduism with a focus on Varanasi (2015). He is currently working on the first Danish translation of the Haṭhapradīpikā as well as an English translation and annotated edition of the Netratantra in three volumes for the Routledge Tantric Studies series. He has written a number of articles in Danish, German, and English on goddess traditions, asceticism, yoga and meditation.