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

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R. S. McGregor
Cambridge University Press, Sep 25, 1992 - Literary Collections - 322 pages
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This volume addresses recent 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. Materials in six modern 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.
 

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Contents

The Manbhaus seat on Ramtek Hill
11
Singers repertoires in western India
29
Some aspects of the development of bhakti traditions with especial
49
some observations on the text
67
How a Muslim looks at Hindu bhakti
80
Islam and bhakti
89
The Ismaili ginans as devotional literature
101
Modernisation in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
107
Authorship and redactorship of the Jnandev Gatha
126
some aspects of the development of the Pundalika
138
the making of a saint
148
Special features of the Varkari cult as regards sadhana
163
The text of Alakh Bam
171
its content and interpretation
179
Krsnaite and Nath elements in the poetry of the eighteenthcentury
190
metrical frames for the padas of
209

Pancavartika
115
Index 314
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