Myths, Saints and Legends in Medieval India

Myths, Saints and Legends in Medieval India

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Author: Charlotte Vaudeville
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 334
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195644719


A representative selection of author's path-breaking studies on north Indian devotional traditions in the medieval period.

The essays in this collection offer a fine representation of an approach which integrates a vast range of material and disciplines: epigraphic, iconographic, and textual. Vaudeville draws upon a wide variety of sources: the Sanskrit epics, the Puranas and Kavya literature, as also diverse vernacular textual traditions, and complements these with material from local oral traditions and personal observations of festivals and rituals.

Vaudevill's knowledge of the Bengali Chaitnya tradition at one end and the Marathi at the other makes for a narrative of all-India significance, which can trace affinities between regional traditions as well as distinguish the peculiarities.


This is a delightful collection of essays by a renowned Indologist. Using her mastery over two varied sources , Vaudeville combines the narration of fascinating oral legends with her analysis of the Sanskrit high texts. - - The Book Review

This book brings together - a selection of Vaudevill's trail-blazing work on the devotional traditions of medieval north India. The breadth of Vaudevill's vision, as also the incisiveness of her insights, makes this volume indispensable for historians specializing in medieval India, and those interested in Indian religion, literature and culture. - - Deccan Herald