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Devotional Literature in South Asia: Current Research, 1985-1988

by R.S. McGregor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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This volume addresses research topics within the field of Bhakti literature, the devotional poetry and other compositions of devotional character in the earlier literature of the modern South Asian languages. Its papers range from the roots of the Bhakti tradition in the early history of Krsna to its modern adaptations in nineteenth- and twentieth-century culture. Geographically, they span Bengal to Sind, Panjab to Maharashtra. Contemporary study of the modern Indian languages has broadened the scope of scholarship to consider today’s Hindu attitudes, and those of a mixed society, against the background of ancient culture. Here, materials in six modern Asian languages are discussed: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi in its main literary forms, Marathi, Panjabi and Sindhi; with assessment also of material in Sanskrit, Arabic and Chinese. In addition to studies of literary (and orally transmitted) works in the Krsna or Rama traditions, and of Sufi compositions and their interpretation, there are papers on the early history of sacred sites, the emergence of the religion of Rama, later religious formulations throughout the subcontinent, and the interaction of the Islamic and the Hindu. Contents List of conference members Preface List of abbreviations Part I. Sacred Places and Sites: 1. Govardhan, the Eater hill Charlotte Vaudeville 2. The Manbhaus’ seat on Ramtek Hill Hans Bakker Part II. Formulation and Transmission of Religious Attitudes: 3. Singers' repertoires in western India Winand M. Callewaert 4. An oral theology: Dadupanthi homilies Monika Thiel-Horstmann 5. Some aspects of the development of bhakti traditions, with especial reference to the Hindi poems attributed to Ramanand Enzo Turbiani 6. The Hindu model of social organisation and the bhakti movement: the example of Vallabha’s sampradaya Maya Burger Part III. Interaction Between Islamic and Indian Religious Attitudes: 7. Sufi influence in the Ekanathi-bhagavat: some observations on the text and its historical context H. van Skyhawk 8. How a Muslim looks at Hindu bhakti Peter Gaeffke 9. Muslim devotional literature in Gujarati: Islam and bhakti Françoise Mallison 10. The Ismaili ginans as devotional literature Ali S. Asani Part IV. Literary and Religious Traditions in Maharashtra: 11. A grammar of bhakti: Pañcavartika V. D. Kulkarni 12. Authorship and redactorship of the Jnandev Gatha Catharina Kiehnle 13. Matapitrbhakti: some aspects of the development of the Pundalika legend in Marathi literature Erik Reenberg Sand 14. Tukaram: the making of a saint S. G. Tulpule 15. Sadguru and the Holy Spirit Christopher Shelke SJ 16. Special features of the Varkari cult as regards sadhana G. Morje Part V. Some Particular Expressions of the Sufi Presence in North India: 17. The text of Alakh Bani S. C. R. Weightman 18. Kutuban’s Miragavati: its content and interpretation S. M. Pandey 19. Krsnaite and Nath elements in the poetry of the eighteenth-century Panjabi Sufi Bullhe Sah Denis Matringe Part VI. Some Topics in the Krsna Poetry of North India: 20. Three-three-two versus four-by-four: metrical frames for the padas of Surdas K. E. Bryant 21. Creative enumeration in the vinaya poetry of Surdas John Stratton Hawley 22. The padas attributed to Nanddas R. S. McGregor 23. Synoptic and sectarian bhakti in the poetry of Dhruvdas Rupert Snell Part VII. Discussion of the Rama Tradition in North and North-East India: 24. Taranisena: a parochialised devotional motif W. L. Smith 25. Tulsidas and Confucius Jin Dinghan Part VIII. Modernisation in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: 26. Hariscandra of Banaras and the reassessment of Vaisnava bhakti in the late nineteenth century Vasudha Dalmia-Lüderitz 27. A reinterpretation of bhakti theology: from the Pustimarg to the Brahma Kumaris R. K. Barz Index.

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Devotional Literature in South Asia: Current Research, 1985-1988
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