Poems to Siva: The Hymns of the Tamil Saints (Princeton by Indira Viswanathan Peterson

By Indira Viswanathan Peterson

Composed via 3 poet-saints among the 6th and 8th centuries A.D., the Tevaram hymns are the first scripture of the Tamil Saivism, one of many first well known large-scale devotional hobbies inside Hinduism. Indira Peterson eloquently renders into English a considerable element of those hymns, which supply vibrant and relocating pics of the pictures, myths, rites, and adoration of Siva and which stay enjoyed and sung via the thousands of fans of the Tamil Saiva culture. Her advent and annotations remove darkness from the work's literary, spiritual, and cultural contexts, making this anthology a wealthy sourcebook for the research of South Indian well known religion.

Indira Peterson highlights the Tevaram as a seminal textual content in Tamil cultural background, a synthesis of pan-Indian and Tamil civilization, in addition to a relatively Tamil expression of the affection of music, sacred panorama, and ceremonial faith. Her dialogue of this paintings attracts on her pioneering study into the functionality of the hymns and their relation to the paintings and formality of the South Indian temple.

Originally released in 1989.

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In addition to ritual worship, the poet-saints celebrated and cherished many aspects of traditional religion and culture associated with the brahmin elite and the aristocracy. 80 Such conservatism is explained by many factors: the Agamic roots of Tamil Saiva religion, the fluidity of class relationships in the Tamil society of the time, and the closeness of brahmin and Vellala in the Tamil social hierarchy. 81 And yet 80 "Karrarikeriyompik kaliyai varame cerrar. . " The Pallavas and Colas made gifts of entire villages (brahmadeya, "gift to brahmins") to brahmins.

101, 105, 108-19. See Chapter 5 below. 63 A. Chidambaranatha Chettiar, Advanced Studies in Tamil Prosody (Annamalainagar: Annamalai University, 1977), pp. 115—21. ) Iramavataram. 65 Other genres include the Kutiyattam of Kerala, the Telugu-Tamil Bhagavatamela, and the Tamil Natakak KIrttanai. On these types of theater, see Kapila Vatsyayan, Traditional Indian Theater: Multiple Streams (New Delhi: National Book Trust, 1980) and Balwant Gargi, Folk Theater of India (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1966).

43 Normally, even in this special performance pride of place is given to the Tevdram and Tiruvdcakam. 44 In the freedom of choice, the otuvdr takes 37 See Chapter 3, note 73 above. The Tamil Icaic Caiikam is the nucleus of the "Tamil music" movement. 38 It is not clear whether the otuvars are a separate subcaste among Tamil Saivas. Boys from various subcastes train to become otuvars. Fuller (Servants of the Goddess, p. 38) says that otuvars belong to the VeHalar or Saiva Pillai (Vellala) caste.

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