[INDOLOGY] NEW PUBLICATION: Mapping the Chronology of Bhakti: Milestones, Stepping Stones, and Stumbling Stones. (Collection Indologie n° 124)

Jean-Luc Chevillard jean-luc.chevillard at univ-paris-diderot.fr
Fri Jun 13 16:21:39 UTC 2014

Readers of this list may be interested in another new publication in the 
joint "Indologie" collection of the IFP (Institut Français de 
Pondichéry) and EFEO (École Française d'Extrême-Orient).

See details below and attached flyer

/Mapping the Chronology of Bhakti: Milestones, Stepping Stones, and 
Stumbling Stones. Proceedings of a workshop held in honour of Paṇḍit R. 
Varadadesikan/. Edited by Valérie Gillet, Collection Indologie n° 124, 
Institut Français de Pondichéry / Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, 
2014, 381p. Language: English. 1100 Rs (48 €). ISBN (IFP): 
978-81-8470-199-9. ISBN (EFEO): 978-2-85539-138-0.

Introductory Note (Valérie Gillet) -- Biography and Bibliography of 
Paṇḍit R. Varadadesikan (S.A.S Sarma) - A Note on Time:
Veṅkaṭanātha’s conception of time (Marcus Schmücker) -- Metres in Tamil 
Bhakti Literature and the Problem of their (occasional)Description in 
Treatises (Studies in Tamil Metrics-2) (Jean-Luc Chevillard) -- Royal 
and Local Bhakti under the Pallavas (Emmanuel Francis) - 
Jīvakacintāmaṇi’s Contribution to Periyapurāṇam (T.S. Gangadharan) -- 
Tracking Traces of Gods: the site of Tirupparaṅkuṉṟam (Valérie Gillet) 
-- The Sacred Landscape of Tamil Śaivism: Plotting Place in the Realm of 
Devotion (Leslie C. Orr)
-- Life after Death: From Mortal Remains to Monuments (K. Rajan) -- The 
Edifice of Bhakti: towards an “archaeological” reading
of Tēvāram and Periyapurāṇam (Charlotte Schmid) -- Vaiṣṇava Literature 
in Tamil (R. Varadadesikan) -- From Ancient Poetics to
Applied Poetics: Continuance and Change in Tamil Bhakti Poetry (With 
special reference to Nammāḻvār’sakam poems) (G. Vijayavenugopal) - 
Nammāḻvār as a Master of tiṇaimayakkam—Transposition Techniques in the 
akam Songs of the Tiruvāymoḻi (Eva Wilden) --Śrīvaiṣṇava Topoi: 
Constructing a South Indian Sect through Place (Katherine Young)

Starting around the sixth century of the common era, a new form of 
fervent religiosity seems to be
discernible in the Tamil-speaking South that is often termed the “Bhakti 
movement”. The eleven essays
gathered in this volume all deal with South Indian primary sources 
related to the various phenomena
that can be grouped together under the head of “Bhakti”, which may be 
broadly defined as personal
devotion between a devotee and his god. What characterised the early 
phase of this “movement”, which
in subsequent centuries swept across the whole sub-continent and 
transformed popular religion in
every place that it reached, was the emphasis placed upon the emotional 
aspect of the relation between
the devotee and his chosen deity: the Tamil hymns regularly underline 
the message that salvation can
be attained just through such devotion.

The chronology of the appearance, growth and development of this 
transformative movement is riddled
with uncertainties, whether we consider literary or archaeological 
evidence. Each of the contributions to
this volume addresses some aspect of the history of this movement in the 
South, and so, drawing on a
wide range of disciplines — linguistics, philology, epigraphy, 
archaeology — they together contribute,
each in its own way, to the mapping of the chronology of Bhakti. This 
volume is dedicated to our
esteemed colleague Paṇḍit R. Varadadesikan, a specialist of the Tamil 
sources of Vaiṣṇavism, who recently retired after dedicating
forty-four years of his life to a career in the Pondicherry Centre of 
the EFEO working to further understanding of Tamil and
Maṇipravāḷam literature.

Best wishes

-- Jean-Luc Chevillard

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