Transformation in the Lives of Tamil Śaiva bhaktas

Authors

  • Alexander Dubyanskiy Moscow State University, Russia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.12797/CIS.22.2020.01.06

Keywords:

typology, Hinduism, Śiva, bhakti, nāyaṉārs, Tirumuṟai, Periya purāṇam

Abstract

Transformation in the Lives of Tamil Śaiva bhaktas

The article deals with the tradition of the medieval South-Indian branch of Hinduism, which can be defined here as the religion of Tamil Śaiva bhakti reflected in the poetic compositions (the corpus Tirumuṟai) composed by a group of saints called nāyaṉārs (‘leaders’). Hagiographic sources of this tradition, first of all Periya purāṇam, and the nāyaṉārs’ poetic creations reveal some constant motifs which form a certain pattern, a typology of their legendary life-stories. They include: the encounter of a bhakta with Śiva, a trial (a test of devotion, an initiation, a heroic deed), a participation in the myth, rejection of sexual (family) life, emotional experience and revelation of a poetical gift.

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2020-10-15

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Dubyanskiy, Alexander. 2020. “Transformation in the Lives of Tamil Śaiva Bhaktas”. Cracow Indological Studies 22 (1):135-53. https://doi.org/10.12797/CIS.22.2020.01.06.