Jackson (religious studies, Indiana U.-Purdue U.) explores the history, culture, literature, and religion of the Vijayanagara empire, which flourished from 1336 to 1565 in the Deccan plains of southern Indian among Marathi-speaking people. Among his topics are Vidyaranya as sage, political adviser, music theorist, philosopher, and biographer; Queen Ganga Devi's rousing story and the archetype of the goddess' sword; poets Shripadaraya and Atukuri Molla; popular worldly wisdom in the oral literature of Vemana and Baddena; Krishnadevaraya's legendary court jester and dancing women; and Kanakadasa's eloquent responses to caste prejudice. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
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About the Author
William J. Jackson is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue, University of Indianapolis, USA.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; The legend of Vijayanagara's historical origins; Vidyaranya: sage, political adviser, music theorist, philosopher and biographer; Reflections on Vidyaranya, and the 'Hinduness' of Islamicate Vijayanagara; The Goddess'sword: Queen Ganga Devi's rousing story; and the archetype; Two poets of the people: Shripadaraya and Atukuri Molla; Popular worldly wisdom in the oral literature of Vemana and Baddena; Krishnadevaraya in the night kitchen: realizing his power at the peak of chaos' edge; Krishnadevaraya's legendary court jester and his dancing women; Poet: Kanakadasa's eloquent responses to caste prejudice; Achyutaraya: the coronation after the coronation; Conclusion: bad blood - wounded pride and retaliations; Index.