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Siva's Demon Devotee: Kaaraikkaal Ammaiyaar / Craddock, Elaine
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Siva's Demon Devotee: Kaaraikkaal Ammaiyaar
Craddock, Elaine
 
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  Book ID : 43053
  ISBN-10 : 81-215-1304-9 / 8121513049
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-215-1304-3 / 9788121513043
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2016
  Edition : (First Indian Edition)
  Langauage : English
  205p., 23 cm.
   
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The Hindu poet-saint Karaikkal Ammaiyar describes herself as a demon, accompanying the god Siva as he dances in the cremation grounds. She is believed to be the first to write devotional poetry to Siva in the Tamil language and is considered the first of the sixty-three Tamil poet-saints. Written in the sixth or seventh century, her beautiful poetry presents the path of love and service that brings liberation. In Siva's Demon Devotee, Elaine Craddock provides a historical, literary, and ethnographic exploration of Karaikkal Ammaiyar and her work. An annotated translation of the poet-saint's 143 verses is included along with an introduction to the Tamil literary tradition. Craddock's analysis of this poetry in its ancient context and of the narrative tradition that developed around the life of Karaikkal Ammaiyar centuries later reveals cultural tensions concerning women's roles and the devotional path.
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