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'Siva's Saints: The Origins of Devotion in Kannada according to Harihara's Raga.lega.lu

Gil Ben-Herut

Abstract

The Vīraśaiva tradition, which developed over the last eight centuries in the Kannada-speaking region of the Deccan plateau in India, holds a unique place in Hindu society. Its members do not adhere to the hierarchical structures of Brahminical-centered society, and they practice a distinct set of rituals, such as carrying a personal liṅga on their body and worshiping it individually (as well as in groups). The roots of the tradition are linked to a revolutionary community of devotees of the Hindu god Śiva from the twelfth century, headed by the saintly figures Basavaṇṇa, Allama Prabhu, and Ma ... More

Keywords: Vīrashśivism, lingayats, bhakti, Shaivism, vacanas, Kannada literature, hagiographies, South Asian religions, Hampeya Harihara, Ragaḷegaḷu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190878849
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190878849.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gil Ben-Herut, author
Assistant Professor, University of South Florida