Kabir Legends and Ananta-Das's Kabir Parachai

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SUNY Press, 1991 - Religion - 268 pages
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This book represents the first systematic collection and analysis of the principal legends about Kabir Das, a fifteenth-century poet-saint. It focuses on the ways in which the legends embody and reflect the often changing social and religious needs of those who created and listened to them. Particular attention is paid to the earliest known collection of legends, Ananta-das s Kabir Parachai. This book makes available for the first time an English translation of this text, with detailed notes on its variant readings, as well as a corrected Hindi edition based on a comparison of over a dozen manuscripts. The various historical synchronisms between Kabir and his leading contemporaries, including Ramananda and King Virasimhadev Baghel, are reevaluated, and a solution is proposed to the longstanding debate about Kabir s dates."
 

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Contents

Legends and History
3
The Kabir Parachai Cycle
23
Other Legends
43
The Text of the Kabir Parachai
73
A Translation of the Kabir Parachai
93
An Edition of the Kabir Parachai
129
Appendix A The 1693 V S Manuscript RPP 11583
213
Bibliography
255
Index
263
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David N. Lorenzen is Professor in the Center of Asian and African Studies of El Colegio de Mexico.

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