[INDOLOGY] Anthropology of childhood in India
rajam at earthlink.net
Fri Jan 10 16:40:12 UTC 2014
A unique genre of literature, called Pillaittamiz (piḷḷai-t-tamiḻ பிள்ளைத்தமிழ்) exists in Tamil. “piḷḷai” means “child.” In fact, the “child” here is a god/goddess. Later texts (in the 20-th century) also include political leaders in this group (as a “child”). There are many old texts on this genre, celebrating 10 successive phases in the growth of a child. These texts are highly structured, differing only in three sections depending upon the gender of the child being celebrated.
For an introduction, you may refer to Paula Richman’s work ("Extraordinary Child: Poems from a South Indian Devotional Genre”).
For more details, feel free to contact me off-list and I’d be glad to share my knowledge.
On Jan 10, 2014, at 8:04 AM, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at uchicago.edu> wrote:
> Hi Viktoria,
> On the childhood of gods there's of course a lot of scholarship on the myths of Krsna. One
> work on this I'd recommend is Jack Hawley's Krishna the Butter Thief (Oxford University Press).
> best for the new year,
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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