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Siva’s Demon Devotee: Karaikkal Ammaiyar

by Elaine Craddock

Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

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The Hindu poet-saint Karaikkal Ammaiyar describes herself as a demon, accompanying the god Siva as he dances in the cremation grounds. She is believed to be the first to write devotional poetry to Siva in the Tamil language and is considered the first of the sixty-three Tamil poet-saints. Written in the sixth or seventh century, her beautiful poetry presents the path of love and service that brings liberation. In Siva’s Demon Devotee, Elaine Craddock provides a historical, literary, and ethnographic exploration of Karaikkal Ammaiyar and her work. An annotated translation of the poet-saint’s 143 verses is included along with an introduction to the Tamil literary tradition. Craddock’s analysis of this poetry in its ancient context and of the narrative tradition that developed around the life of Karaikkal Ammaiyar centuries later reveals cultural tensions concerning women’s roles and the devotional path.

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Book :
Siva’s Demon Devotee: Karaikkal Ammaiyar
Book ID :
107130
Author :
Elaine Craddock
ISBN 13 :
9788121513043
Year of Publication :
2016
Edition :
First Indian Edition
Publisher :
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Binding :
Hardcover
Pages :
205
Size :
16 x 24 cm
Weight :
0.44 kg

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