The Vernacular Veda: Revelation, Recitation, and Ritual

The Vernacular Veda: Revelation, Recitation, and Ritual

by Vasudha Narayanan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0872499650

ISBN-13: 9780872499652

Pub. Date: 06/28/1994

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

The Vernacular Veda explores the centrality of a tenth-century Tamil poem, Tiruvaymoli (TVM), to the daily worship of south India's Hindu Srivaisnava community. Vasudha Narayanan's comprehensive study profiles the author of the veda and reveals the impact this common-language text has had on the community for the past one thousand years.

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The Vernacular Veda explores the centrality of a tenth-century Tamil poem, Tiruvaymoli (TVM), to the daily worship of south India's Hindu Srivaisnava community. Vasudha Narayanan's comprehensive study profiles the author of the veda and reveals the impact this common-language text has had on the community for the past one thousand years.

Narayanan emphasizes Srivaisnava's pride in the TVM's accessibility, identifies the Hindu cultural norms collectively challenged by the TVM, and highlights the ways in which the TVM differs from other texts in the Tamil devotional canon. In the final section of the book, Narayanan translates 143 of the TVM's most recited verses, marking the Temple TVM's first publication in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872499652
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/28/1994
Series:
Studies in Comparative Religion Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
265
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
1Introduction1
2The Sacred Utterance of the Silent Seer: Speech and Sight in the Revelation of Tamil Veda14
3Reciters of the Sacred Text: Contemporary Exemplars of Teaching and Learning39
4Recital of the Divya Prabandham at Homes and Temples58
5Recitation in Nammalvar's Congregation: The Exclusive Devotion of the Excluded Servants66
6The Traditions of Music80
7Exegesis and Interpretation Oral and Written Commentary on the Tiruvaymoli99
8Recreating Heaven on Earth: Ritual and Performative Commentaries on the Tiruvaymoli115
9Reflections136
Appendix: Translation of the Temple Tiruvaymoli Songs146
Notes193
Glossary219
Bibliography227
Index243

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