Singing the Body of God: The Hymns of Vedantadesika in Their South Indian Tradition

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Oxford University Press, Apr 18, 2002 - Religion - 368 pages
This is the first full-length study of the devotional poetry and poetics of the fourteenth-century poet-philosopher Vedantadesika, one of the most outstanding and influential figures in the Hindu tradition of Sri-Vaishnavism (the cult of Lord Vishnu). Despite their intrinsic beauty and theological importance, the poetry and philosophy of Vedantadesika have received very little scholarly attention. But for the millions who belong to the Vaishnava tradition, those poems are not just classical literature; they are committed to memory, recited, sung, and enacted in ritual both in India and throughout the Hindu diaspora. Steven Hopkins here offers a comparative study of the Sanskrit, Prakrit, and Tamil poems composed by Vedantadesika in praise of important Vaishnava shrines and their icons--poems that are considered to be the apogee of South Indian devotional literature.
 

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Contents

Introduction Singing in Tongues
3
THE BELL OF TIRUPATI
25
Desika in the
48
Desikas Tamil
79
THE OLD NORTHERN TONGUE AND
167
Seeing the Body
199
The Hymns
232
Notes
245
Bibliography
313
Index
327
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