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2013 | 15: Text History and Society as Depicted in Indian Literature and Art. Part II. ŚRAVYA. Poetry & Prose | 355-373
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Tirumankaiyālvār’s "Matal" Poems and Social History of Early Medieval South India

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Tirumankaiyālvār (ca. 9th century A.D.), one of the South Indian medieval poet-saints, was an ardent and prolific exponent of early Tamil bhakti ideology, focusing on Visnu as the Ultimate Being. In his two matal poems, he used the literary techniques known to classical Tamil poetry to express his devotion and love towards his favourite God. Although not adopted directly, the main theological concepts of later Śrīvaisnavism seem to play an important role in his stanzas. In this paper I am trying to apply some of them (in the most general way) to analyze Tirumamkai’s stand and his probable influence on philosophical notions of the later Śrīvaisnava doctrine.
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  • University of Warsaw
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