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Title: Devotional Literature in South Asia: Current Research, 1985-1988
Author: McGregor, R S (ed)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1992
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521051859
Volumes: 1; Pages: 338
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This volume addresses recent research topics within the field of bhakti literature, the devotional poetry and other compositions of devotional character in the earlier literature of the modern South Asian languages. Its papers range from the roots of the bhakti tradition in the early history of krsna to its modern adaptations in nineteenth and twentieth-century culture. Geographically, they span Bengal to Sind, Panjab to Maharashtra. Materials in six modern languages are discussed: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi in its main literary forms, Marathi, Panjabi and Sindhi; with assessment also of material in Sanskrit, Arabic and Chinese.ContentsAbbreviations; Preface; Part I. Sacred Places and Sites: Govardhan, the Eater Hill Charlotte Vaudeville; The Manbhaus' Seat on Ramtek Hill Hans Bakker; Part II. Formulation and Transmission of Religious Attitudes: Singers' repertoires in western India Winand M. Callewaert; An oral theology: Dadupanthi Homilies Monika Thiel-Horstmann; Some aspects of the development of Bhakti traditions, with especial reference to the poems attributed to Ramanand Enzo Turbiani; The Hindu model of social organisation and the Bhakti movement Maya Burger; Part III. Interaction Between Islamic and Indian Religious Attitudes: Sufi influence in the Ekanathi-bhagavat: some observations on the text and its historical context H. Van Skyhawk; How a Muslim looks at Hindu Bhakti Peter Gaeffke; Muslim devotional literature in Gujarati: Islam and Bhakti Francoise Mallison; The Ismaili Ginans as devotional literature Ali S. Asani; Part IV. Literary and Religious Traditions in Maharashtra: A grammar of Bhakti: Pancavartika V. D. Kulkarni; Authorship and redactorship of the Jnandev Gatha Catharina Kiehnle; Matapitrbhakti: Some aspects of the development of the Pundalika legend in Marathi literature Erik Reenberg Sand; Tukaram: the making of a saint S. G. Tulpule; Sadguru and the Holy Spirit Christopher Shelke, S.J.; Special features of the Varkari cult as regards sadhana G. Morje; Part V. Some Particular Expressions of the Sufi Presence in North India: The text of Alakh-bani S. C. R. Weightman; Kutuban's Miragavati: its content and interpretation S. M. Pandey; Krsnaite and Nath elements in the poetry of the eighteeenth-century Panjaki Sufi poet Bullhe Sah Denis Matringe; Part VI. Some Topics in the Krsna Poetry of North India: Three-three-two vs. four-by-four: metrical frames for the padas of Surdas K. E. Bryant; Creative enumeration in the vinaya poetry of Surdas John Stratton Hawley; The padas attributed to Nanddas R. S. McGregor; Synoptic and sectarian Bhakti in the poetry of Dhruvdas Rupert Snell; Part VII. Discussion of the Rama Tradition in the North and North-East India: Taranisena: a parochialized devotional motif W. L. Smith; Tulsidas and Confucius Jin Dingham; Part VIII. Modernisation in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Hariscandra of Banaras and the reassessment of Vaisnava bhakti in the late nineteenth century Vasudha Dalmia-Luderitz; A reinterpretation of Bhakti theology: from the pustimarg to the Brahma Kumaris R. K. Barz; List of contributors; Index.