[INDOLOGY] Anthropology of childhood in India

Kellner, Birgit kellner at asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Sat Jan 11 05:20:32 UTC 2014

The following volume may also be helpful: 
Vanessa R. Sasson: Children and childhoods in Buddhist texts and traditions. New York/Oxford 2013: OUP. 
With best regards, 
Birgit Kellner
Prof. Dr. Birgit Kellner
Chair of Buddhist Studies
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Von: INDOLOGY [indology-bounces at list.indology.info] im Auftrag von Herman Tull [hermantull at gmail.com]
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Sudhir Kakar's work and also Manisha Roy's Bengali Women are certainly worth consulting (both, as am I, are perhaps a bit dated).

Herman Tull

On Jan 10, 2014 6:40 AM, "rajam" <rajam at earthlink.net<mailto:rajam at earthlink.net>> wrote:
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<mailto: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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