Religion, Tradition, and Ideology: Pre-colonial South India

Hardcover | June 27, 2011

byR. Champakalakshmi

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This book discusses the multiple facets, dominant characteristics, and historical trajectories of religious traditions in pre-colonial south India. It explores how Hinduism, primarily the Brahmanical tradition, developed and reworked itself in the context of challenges posed by Buddhism andJainism to become the dominant tradition and ideology in south Indian society and polity. Examining the linkages between religion and politics, the volume also investigates alternative vernacular traditions, rituals and practices, temple architecture, iconography and other representational art formsthat evolved as symbols of power. A detailed introduction weaves together the different aspects and introduces new questions for further research. This will interest scholars and students of ancient and early medieval Indian history particularly those concerned with South Indian history, religion, and culture.

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This book discusses the multiple facets, dominant characteristics, and historical trajectories of religious traditions in pre-colonial south India. It explores how Hinduism, primarily the Brahmanical tradition, developed and reworked itself in the context of challenges posed by Buddhism andJainism to become the dominant tradition and i...

R. Champakalakshmi is former Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:600 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:June 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198070594

ISBN - 13:9780198070597

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsIntroduction: The Making of a Religious Tradition, An OverviewSection I: Puranic Religion and Bhakti1. From Devotion and Dissent to Dominance: The Bhakti of the Tamil Alvar and Nayanar2. Puranic Religion and Saiva Tradition3. Sankara and Puranic Religion4. Vaisnava Concepts in Early Tamil NaduSection II: Canonical Traditions and Religious Communities5. Patikam Patuvar: Ritual Singing as a Means of Communication in Early Medieval South India6. Caste and Community: Oscillating Identities in Pre-modern South India7. The Matha: Monachism as the Base of an Parallel Authority StructureSection III: Counter Traditions8. Buddhism in South India: Patterns of Patronage9. Jainism in South India: Tamil Nadu and Andhra and Karnataka10. From Natural Caverns to Rock-cut and Structural Temples: The Changing Context of the Jaina Religious Tradition11. The Bhakti Movement and Religious Conflict in Early Medieval TamilakamSection IV: Temple as Metaphor12. Symbol and Metaphor: Temple Architecture and Iconography13. Iconographic Programme and Political Imagery in Early Medieval Tamilakam: The Rajasimhesvara and the Rajarajesvara in Early Medieval South India14. Bhagavata Scenes in Pallava and Cola Sculptures15. Tanjavur, The Ceremonial City16. The Dravida Style of Architecture: A Historical PerspectiveSection V: The Ideology of Sovereignty17. The Sovereignty of the Divine: The Vaisnava Pantheon and Temporal Power18. Ideology and the State in Medieval South India