The History of the Holy Servants of the Lord SivaThe History of the Holy Servants of the Lord Siva

This is the first full-length English translation of this major Tamil epic ever published in the West. It is an essential text for the study and understanding of South Indian devotional Hinduism.

Author: Alastair McGlashan

Publisher: Trafford on Demand Pub

ISBN: 1412079144


Page: 417

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This is the first full-length English translation of this major Tamil epic ever published in the West. It is an essential text for the study and understanding of South Indian devotional Hinduism.

Gender and Violence in Historical and Contemporary PerspectivesGender and Violence in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

The Religious Traditions of Asia: Religion, History and Culture, London; Routledge Curzon, 2002 (1987), p. ... 27 Alastair McGlashan, The History of the Holy Servants of the Lord Śiva: A Translation of the Periya Purāṇam of Cekkiḻār, ...

Author: Jyoti Atwal

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781000639230


Page: 268

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This book covers a range of issues and phenomena around gender-related violence in specific cultural and regional conditions. Using an interdisciplinary approach, it discusses historical and contemporary developments that trigger violence while highlighting the social conditions, practices, discourses, and cultural experiences of gender-related violence in India. Beginning with the issues of gender-based violence within the traditional context of Indian history and colonial encounters, it moves on to explore the connections between gender, minorities, marginalisation, sexuality, and violence, especially violence against Dalit women, disabled women, and transgender people. It traces and interprets similarities and differences as well as identifies social causes of potential conflicts. Further, it investigates the forms and mechanisms of political, economic, and institutional violence in the legitimation or de-legitimation of traditional gender roles. The chapters deal with sexual violence, violence within marriage and family, influence of patriarchal forces within factory-based gender violence, and global processes such as demand-driven surrogacy and the politics of literary and cinematic representations of gender-based violence. The book situates relevant debates about India and underlines the global context in the making of the gender bias that leads to violence both in the public and private domains. An important contribution to feminist scholarship, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of gender studies, women’s studies, history, sociology, and political science.

Siva s SaintsSiva s Saints

The Origins of Devotion in Kannada According to Harihara's Ragaḷegaḷu Gil Ben-Herut. Bib/iography PRIMARY SOURCES: TEXT S AND INSC ... The History of the Holy Servants of the Lord Siva: A Translation of the Periya Puranam of Cekkilar.

Author: Gil Ben-Herut

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190878849


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Comprising more than twelve million people and renowned for their resistance to Brahminical values, the Virasaivas are a vibrant and unorthodox religious community with a provocative socio-political voice. The Virasaiva tradition has produced a vast and original body of literature, composed mostly in Kannada, a Dravidian language from south India. Siva's Saints introduces a previously unexplored and central primary work produced in the early thirteenth century, the Ragalegalu. This was the first narrative text written about the incipient devotional tradition dedicated to the god Siva in the Kannada-speaking regions; through stories of the saints, it images the life of this new religious community. The Ragalegalu inaugurated a new era in the production of devotional narratives accessible to wide audiences. Gil Ben-Herut challenges common notions about this tradition in its nascent phases. By closely reading the saints' stories in this text, Siva's Saints takes a more nuanced historical view than commonly-held notions about the egalitarian and iconoclastic nature of the early tradition, arguing instead that early bhakti (devotionalism) in the Kannada-speaking region was less-radical and more accommodating toward traditional religious, social, and political institutions than thought of today. In contrast to the narrowly sectarian and exclusionary vision that shapes later accounts, the Ragalegalu is characterized by an opposite impulse of offering an open invitation to people from all walks of life, and their stories illustrate the richness of their devotional lives. Analysis of this seminal text yields important insights into the role of literary representation of the social and political development of a religious community in a pre-modern and non-Western milieu.

The Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu StudiesThe Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies

McGlashan, Alastair (2006), The History of the Holy Servants of the Lord Siva: A Translation of the Periya Purāṇam of Cēkkilār, Victoria, British Columbia: Trafford Publishing. Megasthenes, (1972), Indica, translated in McCrindle's ...

Author: Jessica Frazier

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472567161


Page: 424

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Originally published as The Continuum Companion to Hindu Studies, this Companion offers the definitive guide to Hinduism and study in this area. Now available in paperback, The Bloomsbury Companion to Hindu Studies covers all the most pressing and important themes and categories in the field - areas that have continued to attract interest historically as well as topics that have emerged more recently as active areas of research. Specially commissioned essays from an international team of experts reveal where important work continues to be done in the field and, valuably, how the various topics intersect through detailed reading paths. Featuring a series of indispensible research tools, including a detailed list of resources, chronology and diagrams summarizing content, this is the essential tool for anyone working in Hindu Studies.

Recipes for ImmortalityRecipes for Immortality

Translated by Alastair McGlashan in The History of the Holy Servants of the Lord Siva, A Translation of the Periya Purāõam of Cēkki×ār. Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing, 2006. Periya Purāõam enˉnˉum Tiruttoõñar Purāõam.

Author: Richard S Weiss

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199715009


Page: 272

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Despite the global spread of Western medical practice, traditional doctors still thrive in the modern world. In Recipes for Immortality, Richard Weiss illuminates their continued success by examining the ways in which siddha medical practitioners in Tamil South India win the trust and patronage of patients. While biomedicine might alleviate a patient's physical distress, siddha doctors offer their clientele much more: affiliation to a timeless and pure community, the fantasy of a Tamil utopia, and even the prospect of immortality. They speak of a golden age of Tamil civilization and of traditional medicine, drawing on broader revivalist formulations of a pure and ancient Tamil community. Weiss analyzes the success of siddha doctors, focusing on how they have successfully garnered authority and credibility. While shedding light on their lives, vocations, and aspirations, Weiss also documents the challenges that siddha doctors face in the modern world, both from a biomedical system that claims universal efficacy, and also from the rival traditional medicine, ayurveda, which is promoted as the national medicine of an autonomous Indian state. Drawing on ethnographic data; premodern Tamil texts on medicine, alchemy, and yoga; government archival resources; college textbooks; and popular literature on siddha medicine and on the siddhar yogis, he presents an in-depth study of this traditional system of knowledge, which serves the medical needs of millions of Indians. Weiss concludes with a look at traditional medicine at large, and demonstrates that siddha doctors, despite resent trends toward globalization and biomedicine, reflect the wider political and religious dimensions of medical discourse in our modern world. Recipes for Immortality proves that medical authority is based not only on physical effectiveness, but also on imaginative processes that relate to personal and social identities, conceptions of history, secrecy, loss, and utopian promise.

The Emergence of Modern HinduismThe Emergence of Modern Hinduism

In these erotic works, the male king or god goes on procession through the city, arousing the desires of those who see ... See Alastair McGlashan, The History of the Holy Servants of the Lord Siva: A Translation of the Periya Purāṇam of ...

Author: Richard S. Weiss

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520973749


Page: 222

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A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at The Emergence of Modern Hinduism argues for the importance of regional, vernacular innovation in processes of Hindu modernization. Scholars usually trace the emergence of modern Hinduism to cosmopolitan reform movements, producing accounts that overemphasize the centrality of elite religion and the influence of Western ideas and models. In this study, the author considers religious change on the margins of colonialism by looking at an important local figure, the Tamil Shaiva poet and mystic Ramalinga Swami (1823–1874). Weiss narrates a history of Hindu modernization that demonstrates the transformative role of Hindu ideas, models, and institutions, making this text essential for scholarly audiences of South Asian history, religious studies, Hindu studies, and South Asian studies.

The Theology of Light and SightThe Theology of Light and Sight

the Nayanar saint named Kannappar, told in several texts,7 perhaps best known from the 12th century Tamil Periya Purana: ... Alistair McGlashan, The History of the Holy Servants of the Lord Siva (Victoria, British Columbia: Trafford ...

Author: Kenneth L. Vaux

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781608997732


Page: 170

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This volume deals with the varied forms of shame reflected in biblical, theological, psychological and anthropological sources. Although traditional theology and church practice concentrate on providing forgiveness for shameful behavior, recent scholarship has discovered the crucial relevance of social shame evoked by mental status, adversity, slavery, abuse, illness, grief and defeat. Anthropologists, sociologists, and psychologists have discovered that unresolved social shame is related to racial and social prejudice, to bullying, crime, genocide, narcissism, post-traumatic stress and other forms of toxic behavior. Eleven leaders in this research participated in a conference on The Shame Factor, sponsored by St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE in October 2010. Their essays explore the impact and the transformation of shame in a variety of arenas, comprising in this volume a unique and innovative resource for contemporary religion, therapy, ethics, and social analysis.

The HindusThe Hindus

An Alternative History Wendy Doniger. dolyn Layne. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1991. ... Alistair McGlashan (The History of the Holy Servants of the Lord Siva). Victoria, B.C.: Trafford Publishing, 2006. Phaedrus of Plato.

Author: Wendy Doniger

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199593347


Page: 800

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An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth that offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions, The Hindus elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account: many of its central texts cannot be reliably dated even within a century; its central tenets karma, dharma, to name just two arise at particular moments in Indian history and differ in each era, between genders, and caste to caste; and what is shared among Hindus is overwhelmingly outnumbered by the things that are unique to one group or another. Yet the greatness of Hinduism - its vitality, its earthiness, its vividness - lies precisely in many of those idiosyncratic qualities that continue to inspire debate today. Wendy Doniger is one of the foremost scholars of Hinduism in the world. With her inimitable insight and expertise Doniger illuminates those moments within the tradition that resist forces that would standardize or establish a canon. Without reversing or misrepresenting the historical hierarchies, she reveals how Sanskrit and vernacular sources are rich in knowledge of and compassion toward women and lower castes; how they debate tensions surrounding religion, violence, and tolerance; and how animals are the key to important shifts in attitudes toward different social classes. The Hindus brings a fascinating multiplicity of actors and stories to the stage to show how brilliant and creative thinkers - many of them far removed from Brahmin authors of Sanskrit texts - have kept Hinduism alive in ways that other scholars have not fully explored. In this unique and authoritative account, debates about Hindu traditions become platforms from which to consider the ironies, and overlooked epiphanies, of history.

On HinduismOn Hinduism

Alistair McGlashan (The History of the Holy Servants of the Lord Siva). Victoria, British Columbia: Trafford Publishing, 2006. Prabandhakosha of Rajashekhara. Ed. Jina Vijaya. Singhi Jaina Series, no. 6, Shantiketan: Adhisthata-Singhi ...

Author: Wendy Doniger

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199360079


Page: 660

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On Hinduism is a penetrating analysis of many of the most crucial and contested issues in Hinduism, from the Vedas to the present day. In a series of 63 connected essays, it discusses Hindu concepts of polytheism, death, gender, art, contemporary puritanism, non-violence, and much more.

Manuscript Print and MemoryManuscript Print and Memory

Indian Council of Historical Research, Northern Book Centre, New Delhi. Kulasekaran, S. 2006: “A Note on the Fourth Sangam ... McGlashan, A. 2006: The History of the Holy Servants of the Lord Siva. A Translation of the Periya Purāṇam of ...

Author: Eva Maria Wilden

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110352764


Page: 460

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The ancient Tamil poetic corpus of the Caṅam ("The Academy") is a national treasure for Tamilians and a battle-ground for linguists and historians of politics, culture and literature. Going back to oral predecessors probably dating back to the beginning of the first millennium, it has had an extremely rich and variegated history. Collected into anthologies and endowed with literary theories and voluminous commentaries, it became the centre-piece of the Tamil literary canon, associated with the royal court of the Pandya dynasty in Madurai. Its decline began in the late middle ages, and by the late 17th century it had fallen into near oblivion, before being rediscovered at the beginning of the print era. The present study traces the complex historical process of its transmission over some 2000 years, using and documenting a wide range of sources, in particular surviving manuscripts, the early prints, the commentaries of the literary and grammatical traditions and a vast range of later literature that creates a web of inter-textual references and quotations.