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Siva's Demon Devotee
Karaikkal Ammaiyar
Siva's Demon Devotee
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Elaine Craddock - Author
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 205 pages
Release Date: April 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3087-6
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3087-4

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Paperback - 205 pages
Release Date: January 2011
ISBN10: 1-4384-3088-4
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3088-1

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An exploration and translation of the work of Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār.

The Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār describes herself as a demon, accompanying the god Śiva as he dances in the cremation grounds. She is believed to be the first to write devotional poetry to Śiva in the Tamil language and is considered the first of the sixty-three Tamil poet-saints. Written in the sixth or seventh century, her beautiful poetry presents the path of love and service that brings liberation. In Śiva’s Demon Devotee, Elaine Craddock provides a historical, literary, and ethnographic exploration of Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār and her work. An annotated translation of the poet-saint’s 143 verses is included along with an introduction to the Tamil literary tradition. Craddock’s analysis of this poetry in its ancient context and of the narrative tradition that developed around the life of Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār centuries later reveals cultural tensions concerning women’s roles and the devotional path.

“The book’s greatest strength is its systematic and comprehensive approach to Ammaiyār … What Craddock has contributed to the study of South Asian religious traditions is a detailed, informative, well-written book that I anticipate will be recognized as the standard work on Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār.” — Tracy Pintchman, Religion

Elaine Craddock is Professor of Religion at Southwestern University.


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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. The Place of Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār in South Indian History

2. Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār Through Her Poetry

3. Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār Through Her Stories

4. The Temples and Their Festivals

5. The Poems

Notes
Works Cited
Index


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