Seeing into the Mind in Early Modern South India

Authors

  • David Shulman The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.12797/CIS.24.2022.01.01

Keywords:

introspection, South India, perception, Muttusvāmi Dīkṣitar, Dhūrjaṭi, Dharmarāja, self-awareness, autobiography

Abstract

In contrast to the many South Asian texts that explore deep, metaphysically oriented states of mind, introspection of a personal, empirical, everyday kind is relatively rare in the textual archive until the early modern period, beginning roughly in the 16th century. At that time a remarkable richness of personal introspective works is evident in all the major south Indian languages. This article explores some of the features of that literature, with representative examples of literary, musical, and philosophical sources focused on the individual and on her or his sense of self.

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Published

2022-08-18

How to Cite

Shulman, David. 2022. “Seeing into the Mind in Early Modern South India”. Cracow Indological Studies 24 (1):1-21. https://doi.org/10.12797/CIS.24.2022.01.01.

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