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Mapping the Chronology of Bhakti

Gillet, Valérie [Hrsg.]:
Mapping the Chronology of Bhakti : Milestones, Stepping Stones, and Stumbling Stones ; Proceedings of a Workshop held in Honour of Paṇḍit R. Varadadesikan / ed. by Valérie Gillet. - Pondichéry ; Paris : Institut Français de Pondichéry ; École Française d'Extrême-Orient, 2014. - 381 S. : Ill., graph. Darst. - (Collection indologie ; 124)
ISBN 978-2-85539-138-0
ISBN 978-81-8470-199-9
Rs. 1100,00 / EUR 48,00
DDC: 294.5409548

Starting around the sixth century of the common era, a new form of fervent religiosity seems to be discernible in the Tamil-speaking South that is often termed the “Bhakti movement”. The eleven essays gathered in this volume all deal with South Indian primary sources related to the various phenomena that can be grouped together under the head of “Bhakti”, which may be broadly defined as personal devotion between a devotee and his god. What characterised the early phase of this “movement”, which in subsequent centuries swept across the whole sub-continent and transformed popular religion in every place that it reached, was the emphasis placed upon the emotional aspect of the relation between the devotee and his chosen deity: the Tamil hymns regularly underline the message that salvation can be attained just through such devotion.
   The chronology of the appearance, growth and development of this transformative movement is riddled with uncertainties, whether we consider literary or archaeological evidence. Each of the contributions to this volume addresses some aspect of the history of this movement in the South, and so, drawing on a wide range of disciplines — linguistics, philology, epigraphy, archaeology — they together contribute, each in its own way, to the mapping of the chronology of Bhakti. This volume is dedicated to our esteemed colleague Paṇḍit R. Varadadesikan, a specialist of the Tamil sources of Vaiṣṇavism, who recently retired after dedicating forty-four years of his life to a career in the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO working to further understanding of Tamil and Maṇipravāḷam literature. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface. 7
Valérie Gillet:
Introductory Note. 9
S.A.S Sarma:
Biography and Bibliography of Paṇḍit R. Varadadesikan. 23
Marcus Schmücker:
A Note on Time: Veṅkaṭanātha's conception of time. 33
Jean-Luc Chevillard:
Metres in Tamil Bhakti Literature and the Problem of their (occasional) Description in Treatises (Studies in Tamil Metrics-2). 39
Emmanuel Francis:
Royal and Local Bhakti under the Pallavas. 97
T.S. Gangadharan:
Jīvakacintāmaṇi's Contribution to Periyapurāṇam. 135
Valérie Gillet:
Tracking Traces of Gods: the site of Tirupparaṅkuṉṟam. 143
Leslie C. Orr:
The Sacred Landscape of Tamil Śaivism: Plotting Place in the Realm of Devotion. 189
K. Rajan:
Life after Death: From Mortal Remains to Monuments. 221
Charlotte Schmid:
The Edifice of Bhakti: towards an “archaeological” reading of Tēvāram and Periyapurāṇam. 241
R. Varadadesikan:
Vaiṣṇava Literature in Tamil. 287
G. Vijayavenugopal:
From Ancient Poetics to Applied Poetics: Continuance and Change in Tamil Bhakti Poetry (With special reference to Nammāḻvār's akam poems). 303
Eva Wilden:
Nammāḻvār as a Master of tiṇaimayakkam—Transposition Techniques in the akam Songs of the Tiruvāymoḻi. 317
Katherine Young:
Śrīvaiṣṇava Topoi: Constructing a South Indian Sect through Place. 335
About the Contributors. 365
Index. 369

VALÉRIE GILLET is a member of the École française d'Extrême-Orient. Her research focuses on material mostly found in the religious monuments excavated or built on the territories of the two main early medieval South Indian dynasties, the Pallavas and the Pāṇḍyas. She also attempts to map the emergence and the development of the cult of the deity called Subrahmaṇya/Murukaṉ in the medieval Tamil-speaking South. Since 2007, she has been posted at the Pondicherry Centre of the EFEO, of which she became Head in 2011. She has published a study of the narrative iconography of the 8th century structural Pallava temples entitled La creation d'une iconographie śivaïte narrative: Incarnations du dieu dans les temples pallava construits, as well as several articles on material from the Pallava period and sacred places related to Subrahmaṇya/Murukaṉ.

Gefeierte Person

Pandit Raṅgacārya Varadadesikan (*1923), retired researcher of the EFEO, Pondichéry.

Quellen: Institut Français de Pondichéry; École française d'Extrême-Orient; Mailing List "Indology", June 13, 2014; WorldCat; Bookbutler; Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Bildquellen: Institut Français de Pondichéry; École française d'Extrême-Orient
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