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  • The Publication of Tiruvaruṭpā: The Authority of Canon and Print

    Richard S. Weiss

    Chapter from the book: Weiss, R. 2019. The Emergence of Modern Hinduism: Religion on the Margins of Colonialism.


    Chapter 3 looks at the impact of print technology on Hinduism in the middle of the nineteenth century, the period when print began to proliferate in South Asia. Hindu reformers, often directly influenced by Christian publishing in India, employed print in order to extend the audiences and influence of established canons through accessible publications in prose. Ramalinga and his followers used print differently, challenging established Shaiva authority and scripture by publishing a compilation of his poems as a new contribution to canon. Ramalinga used print to claim that his verses were the equal of revered devotional literature and that he was worthy of a place in the pantheon of Shaiva saints.

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    Weiss, R. 2019. The Publication of Tiruvaruṭpā: The Authority of Canon and Print. In: Weiss, R, The Emergence of Modern Hinduism. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.75.c

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    Published on Aug. 6, 2019