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Śiva's demon devotee : Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār /
Elaine Craddock.
imprint
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2010.
description
xii, 193 p.
ISBN
1438430876 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781438430874 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2010.
isbn
1438430876 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781438430874 (hardcover : alk. paper)
language note
Includes translations from Tamil.
catalogue key
7150107
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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. Here, Elaine Craddock provides an historical, literary, and ethnographic exploration of Karaikkal Ammaiyar and her work.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Place of Karaikkal Ammaiyar in South Indian Historyp. 7
Karaikkal Ammaiyar Through Her Poetryp. 35
Karaikkal Ammaiyar Through Her Storiesp. 73
The Temples and Their Festivalsp. 91
The Poemsp. 115
Notesp. 145
Works Citedp. 175
Indexp. 187
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