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Riassunto: Hailed as early feminist literary voice, Akka Mahadevi was born in the twelfth-century in the southwest Indian province of Karnatka. As a child she was initiated into the worship of Channamallikarjuna (translated here as 'jasmine-tender'), her village's version of Siva. She was forced to marry her region's ruler. But because she was devoted only to Siva, she left her husband and all her possessions including her clothes, and wandered a naked poet-saint covered only by her long hair. Her vacanas?a new populist literary form meaning literally 'to give one's word'?collected here demonstrate both her radical devotion to Siva and the radical commitment to equality for her the vira-saiva movement she joined.
Recensione: The image of Akka that emerged in earlier translations is of a radical woman poet prefiguring many of the concerns of present-day feminism. This image of our own age as reflected in Akka's vacanas is accurate as far as it goes; but there are important differences. The experience of the sacred?precisely what our age has lost sight of?is the very breadth of Akka's vacanas, and Vinaya Chaitanya is to be commended for bringing this aspect of their author to the fore. There is little doubt his labour of love will appeal to a wide readership, for in Akka's vacana is Siva's plenty. Students and practioners of literature, history, sociology, women's studies, philosophy and religion are sure to find Akka's vacanas fascinating in many different ways, while these vacanas are of great spiritual significance also to true spiritual seekers everywhere. (Shiva Prakash, from the foreword, Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Titolo: Songs for Siva: Vacanas of Akka Mahadevi (...
Casa editrice: AltaMira Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2005
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 97807591089741.0
Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Codice libro della libreria GOR008148235
Descrizione libro AltaMira Press, 2005. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria P020759108978
Descrizione libro AltaMira Press, 2005. Paperback. Condizione libro: Like New. Codice libro della libreria P010759108978
Descrizione libro AltaMira Press, 2005. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110759108978