Academic Degree



Full members


Research Context

South Asia

Research Interests

LGBT+ | Hinduism | Religious Feminism | Sanskritization

Institutional Subunit


Biographical Note

Daniela Bevilacqua is a South-Asianist specialized in Hindu asceticism, investigated through an ethnographic and historical perspective. She received her PhD in Civilizations of Africa and Asia from Sapienza University of Rome and in Anthropology from the University of Paris Nanterre. She worked as a post-doc research fellow at SOAS, for the ERC- funded Haṭha Yoga Project (2015–2020). She authored Modern Hindu Traditionalism in Contemporary India (2018, Routledge), From Tapas to Modern Yoga (forthcoming 2024, Equinox), and several articles and book chapters on topics related to Hindu religious tradition, gender and embodied practices.

All projects

Data updated on 25-02-2024, from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE.


Performing the Sacred: Ethnographies of Transgender Activism in the Kinnar Akhara


Principal investigator

Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia

Financiers: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


The Hatha Yoga Project: Mapping Indian and Transnational Traditions of Physical Yoga through Philology and Ethnography



SOAS University of London

Financiers: European Commission

All Publications

Data updated on 25-02-2024 , from platform CIÊNCIAVITAE .

Journal issue


Journal of Yoga Studies. 4. 04-2023. Published

Journal issue

Yoga and the Traditional Physical Practices of South Asia: Influence, Entanglement and Confrontation

Journal of Yoga Studies. 2023. 4. 04-2023. https://journalofyogastudies.org/index.php/JoYS/issue/view/2023.V4 . Published

Journal article

From the Margins to Demigod: The Establishment of the Kinnar Akhara in India

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Asian Ethnology . 53 - 82. 1/2. 81. 2022. Published

Encyclopedia entry

Female ascetic and physical yoga practices’

Bevilacqua, Daniela, The World of Yoga. History, Mutations, Modernity of A Wisdom. Ysé Masqulier. Les Editions Albin Michel. France. 2021. Published

Journal article

The Life of Ramanandi Centres in Varanasi

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Religions of South Asia. 130 - 159. 2. 13. 2021. Published

Book chapter

Observing Yoga: The Use of Ethnographic Methodologies to Develop Yoga Studies

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Routledge Handbook of Yoga and Meditation Studies. Karen O’Brien Cop; Suzanne Newcombe. Routledge. United Kingdom. 2020. Published

Book review

Richard Burghart 2015

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS). 2020. Published

Book chapter

Globalization and Asceticism: Foreign Ascetics on the Threshold of Hindu Religious Orders

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society. J. S. Cornelio; F. Gautier. Routledge. 2020. Published

Book review

Patton Burchett 2019

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Archives de sciences sociales des religions. 2019. Published

Journal article

Old Tool for New Times: The Discovery of an Ancient Holy Site in Contemporary India

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions. 45 - 66. 20. 2018. Published

Journal article

Changing the narration, adjusting the order: The independence of the Ramanandi sampradaya and the bestowing of the title of Jagadguru Ramanandacarya

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Rivista degli Studi Orientali. 13 - 26. 2. XCI. 2018. Published


Modern Hindu Traditionalism

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Routledge. 2018. Published

Book review

K. Narayan, 2016.

Bevilacqua, Daniela, NewbooksAsia. 2018. https://newbooks.asia/review/everyday-creativity . Published

Encyclopedia entry


Bevilacqua, Daniela, Oxford Bibliography. Oxford Bibliographies. 2017. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195399318/obo-9780195399318-0197.xml . Published

Journal article

Are women entitled to become ascetics? An historical and ethnographic glimpse on female asceticism in Hindu religions¿

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Kervan International Journal of Afro-Asiatic Studies. 51 - 79. 21. 2017. Published

Journal article

Let the Sadhus Talk. Ascetic understanding of Hatha Yoga and yogasanas

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Religions of South Asia. 182 - 206. 2. 11. 2017. Published

Book chapter

Evolution of Tradition in the Ramanandi Order. Among Hagiographies, Jagadguru and Math

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Invention of Tradition and Syncretism in Contemporary Religions: Sacred Creativity. Stefania Palmisano; Nicola Pannofino. Palgrave Macmillan. 2017. Published

Book chapter

Tra Tradizione e Modernità: Una Prospettiva Storica Sull'Ascetismo Femminile Hindu

Bevilacqua, Daniela, D come Donne D come Dio. Stefania Palmisano; A. Giorgi. Mimesis Edizioni. Milano, Italy. 2016. Published

Book chapter

Do Not Ask About Caste If You Love God You Belong to God: The Ramanandi Sampradaya and Its Relation with Caste – A Historical and Anthropological Overview

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Cross-Cutting South Asian Studies, An Interdisciplinary Approach. Serena Bindi; Elena Mucciarelli; Tiziana Pontillo. DK Printworld. New Delhi, India. 2016. Published

Book review

Nils Bubandt and Martijn van Beek 2015

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Contemporary South Asia. 2015. Published

Book review

Film review: Sex, Death and the Gods. Directed by Beedan Kidron

Bevilacqua, Daniela, Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia. 2013. Published