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Singing the Body of God: The Hymns of Vedantadesika in Their South Indian Tradition

Steven Paul Hopkins


This is the first full‐length study of the devotional poetry and poetics of the fourteenth‐century poet–philosopher Vedåntadeóika, one of the most outstanding and influential figures in the Hindu tradition of àrâ‐Vaióïavism (the cult of Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakómâ or àrâ), a tradition that affirms both vernacular Tamil poems of ninth‐ and tenth‐century saint‐poets (the Çôvårs) and the Sanskrit Vedas as an Ubhaya or “dual” Vedånta. Long after his death, Vedåntadeóika was claimed as the founding Çcårya (sectarian preceptor) of the Vaìakalai or “Northern School” of àrâvaióïavism, associate ... More

Keywords: àrâvaióïavism, Çcårya, cosmopolitanism, devotional literature, Prakrit, Sanskrit, Tamil, temple images, Ubhaya Vedånta, Vedåntadeóika, Vernacularism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195127355
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195127358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Paul Hopkins, author
Swarthmore College
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