[INDOLOGY] Anthropology of childhood in India

Herman Tull hermantull at gmail.com
Fri Jan 10 20:02:27 EST 2014


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> 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”).
>
> http://books.google.com/books?id=TgqqQAsXOW0C&pg=PA282&lpg=PA282&dq=pillaittamiz&source=bl&ots=HiZR7A1ED9&sig=Sf0H19jUD86E5qKVVQU9hr-r1IA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gh3QUuzyGfLKsATZ-YDwCw&ved=0CFEQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=pillaittamiz&f=false
>
>
> For more details, feel free to contact me off-list and I’d be glad to
> share my knowledge.
>
> Regards,
> Rajam
>
>
> 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
>
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études,
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
>
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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