[INDOLOGY] New publication jointly published by the Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient and the Institut Français de Pondichéry
anurupa.n at ifpindia.org
Mon Feb 10 05:19:55 EST 2020
*/The Three Early Tiruvantātis of the Tivyappirapantam./*Annotated
Translation and Glossary by Eva Wilden with the collaboration of Marcus
Schmücker, Collection Indologie n° 143 ; NETamil Series n° 7, Ecole
française d’Extrême-Orient / Institut Français de Pondichéry, 2020,
xiii, 556 p.
Language: Tamil, English. Rs 900 (38 EUR). ISBN: 978-2-85539-238-7
(EFEO) / 978-81-8470-234-7 (IFP).*//*
*About the book*
The early /Antātis/ of the three Āḻvārs known as Poykaiyāḻvār,
Pūtattāḻvār and Pēyāḻvār form the earliest layer in the /Nālāyira
Tivyappirapantam/ (“Four-thousand Heavenly Compositions”), the
devotional corpus of the Śrīvaiṣṇavas, a religious group of devotees of
the god Viṣṇu active to this day in Tamilnadu and beyond. Still in the
earlier metre Veṇpā and thus part of the /Iyaṟpā/, the portion of the
canon to be recited and not sung, they stand at the transition from Old
to Middle Tamil and contain on the one hand many interesting
transitional forms, on the other hand experiments with the young genre
of devotional poetry, looking back to the earlier conventions of /Akam
/and /Puṟam/, playing with them and partly going beyond them. This
volume offers a metrical Tamil text with print variants and a first
glance into a few manuscripts, a word-split transliterated version and
an annotated English translation. It includes, along with an
introduction and an epilogue on theology, an analytical
glossary-concordance and three appendices concerned with names and
epithets of the deities, with incarnations and mythic episodes, and with
temples and toponyms.
*About the authors*
*Eva Wilden *has been a scientific member (maître de conférences) of the
EFEO from 2003 to 2017, working on the critical re-edition and the
transmission history of the Tamil Caṅkam corpus. From 2014 to 2019 she
was the principal investigator of the ERC project “NETamil: Going from
Hand to Hand ‒ Networks of Intellectual Exchange in the Tamil Learned
Traditions”, jointly hosted by the University of Hamburg and the EFEO.
In 2015 she received the Indian presidential award “Kural Peetam”. She
is now a professor of Tamil and Manuscript Studies in Hamburg.
*Marcus Schmücker* is a senior researcher at the Institute for the
Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia (IKGA) of the Austrian Academy
of Sciences, Vienna. His main area of research includes Vedāntic and
Vaiṣṇava theology in Sanskrit, Tamil and Manipravalam.
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