Songs of the Saints of India / Edition 2

Songs of the Saints of India / Edition 2

by John Stratton Hawley, Mark Juergensmeyer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195694201

ISBN-13: 9780195694208

Pub. Date: 01/16/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The six poets presented here — Ravidas, Kabir, Nanak, Surdas, Mirabai, and Tulsidas — have contributed more to the religious vocabulary of Hinduism in north India today than any voices before or since. In worship, in education, even in politics, modern Hinduism sings their tune. For half a millennium, these saints' poems have circulated from the banks of

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The six poets presented here — Ravidas, Kabir, Nanak, Surdas, Mirabai, and Tulsidas — have contributed more to the religious vocabulary of Hinduism in north India today than any voices before or since. In worship, in education, even in politics, modern Hinduism sings their tune. For half a millennium, these saints' poems have circulated from the banks of the Jumna to the rice fields of Bihar and back to the deserts of Rajasthan, providing a language for many of life's most vivid concerns — cruelty and loneliness, status and intimacy, hope and infatuation, and the maddening transitoriness of it all. With a biographical and interpretive essay on each poet and a selection of representative verses in original translation, this book offers a complete introduction to a literature that transcends the boundaries we associate with religion and those of India as well.

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ISBN-13:
9780195694208
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/16/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
266
Sales rank:
433,983
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition

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