The Many Faces of Murukan: The History and Meaning of a South Indian God

By: Fred W. Clothey with the Poem 'Prayers to Lord Murukan' By A.K. Ramanujan

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This book is a study of one of the most persistent and popular gods in south India and traces the history of the god, dwelling especially on four periods: The earliest known Tamil civilization as portrayed in classical Tamil literature and archeology; The Northern Epic period as depicted in Epic mythology; the Medieval South as depicted in the iconography and literature of the period; and contemporary Tamil Nadu as expressed in the ritual life of the cultus. In each period, an attempt is made to explore the cultural dynamics and symbolic meanings of the deity's mythology and cultic life. The god's development includes stages in which he is a lord of hill and hunt in the Early South; a deity who serves as prototype for both ksatriya and brahmana communities in the Epic North; a god who serves as purveyor of Saiva Siddhanta thought and inspiration of Tamil literature in the Medieval South; and a 'high god' who epitomizes the fullness of regional pride and religious aspiration in contemporary Tamil India. As one of the most popular deities in Tamil India today, Murukan is a particularly apt portrait of how a contemporary people in Asia find identity and meaning through traditional symbols. Murukan's history and meaning combines themes which are classical and 'popular,' 'Sanskrit' and 'Tamil,' traditional and 'modern,' Vaisnava and Saiva. That people of differing walks of life have perceived him in varying, yet consistent, ways even into the present moment, makes the cultus of Murukan a fascinating example of man's persisting quest for meaning and fulfillment. Printed Pages: 268.

Title: The Many Faces of Murukan: The History and Meaning of a South Indian God

Author Name: Fred W. Clothey with the Poem 'Prayers to Lord Murukan' By A.K. Ramanujan

Categories: India, Religion,

Edition: First Indian Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2005

ISBN: 8121511437

ISBN 13: 9788121511438

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 16 Cms x 24 Cms

Seller ID: 032941

Keywords: Murukan South Indian God Murugan