New books on Tamil culture

Mani Varadarajan mani at
Wed Oct 19 17:33:40 UTC 1994

nas_ng at writes:
> These are some recent books pertaining to Tamil culture.
> Interesting contributions in different fields. I thought

To these I should add the following fascinating book:

"The Vernacular Veda", by Vasudha Narayanan. University of
South Carolina Press, 1994. 

The author discusses how the Tiruvaymoli, a poem of over a
thousand verses by the 7th-8th century saint Nammalvar, 
attained the status of Veda (in the true sense) in the 
Srivaishnava community.  She also discusses some of the 
sociocultural implications of this, and how the work is
used in liturgy and ceremony in the major temples of South



> From THRASHER at MAIL.LOC.GOV 19 1994 Oct GMT 14:47:14
Date: 19 Oct 1994 14:47:14 GMT
Subject: NIDHIS

          Re:  Nidhi 
          I remember reading in magical literature of the notion navanidhi, 
          the 9 nidhis, and a ritual to get rich by finding them, but can't 
          recall where I  saw it.   I  have  a vague feeling it might be  a 
          Jaina idea. 
          Allen Thrasher 
          thrasher at                                             

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