The Vernacular Veda: Revelation, Recitation, and Ritual

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872499652
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • 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)

Meet the Author

Vasudha Narayanan is assistant professor of religion at the University of Florida and author of Bhakti andPrappatti in the Srivaisnava Tradition.
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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
A Note on Transliteration
1 Introduction 1
2 The Sacred Utterance of the Silent Seer: Speech and Sight in the Revelation of Tamil Veda 14
3 Reciters of the Sacred Text: Contemporary Exemplars of Teaching and Learning 39
4 Recital of the Divya Prabandham at Homes and Temples 58
5 Recitation in Nammalvar's Congregation: The Exclusive Devotion of the Excluded Servants 66
6 The Traditions of Music 80
7 Exegesis and Interpretation Oral and Written Commentary on the Tiruvaymoli 99
8 Recreating Heaven on Earth: Ritual and Performative Commentaries on the Tiruvaymoli 115
9 Reflections 136
Appendix: Translation of the Temple Tiruvaymoli Songs 146
Notes 193
Glossary 219
Bibliography 227
Index 243
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