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Authority and meaning in Indian religions : Hinduism and the case of Valmiki

Author: Julia Leslie
Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, Engand ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beginning by describing a broadcast by a local radio station in Birmingham, England, that suggested that the great saint Valmiki might have been a dacoit or thief, the author explores the background  Read more...

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Leslie, Julia.
Authority and meaning in Indian religions.
Aldershot, Hants, Engand : Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2003
(OCoLC)646212951
Named Person: Vālmīki.; V*almīki.; Valmiki.; Vālmīki.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Leslie
ISBN: 0754634302 9780754634300 0754634310 9780754634317
OCLC Number: 50866775
Description: x, 241 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of Illustrations, vii --
Acknowledgements, ix --
1. Situating the Problem, 1 --
1. Introduction, 1 --
2. The Dispute, 6 --
3. The Legend, 12 --
4. Fact, Text and Religious Meaning, 17 --
2. Contextualizing the Person, 25 --
1. Introduction, 25 --
2. Untouchability: Terms and Meanings, 27 --
3. Self-Representation: Myths and Politics, 40 --
4. The Valmikis of North India, 47 --
5. Religion and Politics in Twentieth-Century Panjab, 53 --
6. The Valmikis in Britain, 64 --
7. Making Meaning, 74 --
3. Identifying 'Valmiki' in Early Sanskrit Texts, 77 --
1. The Text-Historical Approach, 77 --
2. The Taittiriya Prdtidkhya, 80 --
3. The Mahdbhirata, 82 --
4. The Valmiki Rmdyana, 94 --
5. The Yogavasistha, 104 --
6. Concluding Remarks,111 --
4. Tracing Motifs in Sanskrit and Vernacular Texts, 115 --
1. Orality and Text, 115 --
2. The Ascetic Overgrown, 126 --
3. The Sinner Redeemed, 136 --
4. A Special Mantra for the Unworthy,147 --
5. The 'Untouchable' as Exemplar, 154 --
5. Drawing Conclusions for Today, 159 --
1. Introduction,159 --
2. The Role of Vernacular Tellings,160 --
3. Worshipping Valmiki,173 --
4. Caste and Salvation,186 --
5. Sacred Text and Religious Meaning, 192 --
Glossary, 197 --
Bibliography, 205 --
Index, 237.
Responsibility: Julia Leslie.
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