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Precolonial India in Practice: Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval Andhra

Cynthia Talbot


The desire to have their charitable deeds documented in permanent form led thousands of Hindu temple donors in the Andhra Pradesh region of South India to get the details of their gifts inscribed on stone pillars, rock slabs, and temple walls. Using these records of what people actually did, Cynthia Talbot reconstructs the precolonial past as it existed in practice during the era when India's distinctive regional societies were taking shape. The medieval Andhra that emerges from the perspective of inscriptions is a vibrant and mobile world inhabited by a wide range of individuals including her ... More

Keywords: Andhra Pradesh, Hindu, India, inscriptions, Kakatiya, medieval, South India, Telugu, temple

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195136616
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195136616.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia Talbot, author
University of Texas, Austin
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