Shilappadikaram: (The Ankle Bracelet) (Paperback)

Shilappadikaram: (The Ankle Bracelet) By Prince Ilangô Adigal, Alain Daniélou (Translated by) Cover Image

Shilappadikaram: (The Ankle Bracelet) (Paperback)


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The primary epic of Tamil literature.

The peerless young Kôvalan leaves his loyal wife Kannaki for the courtesan Mâdhavi, and though he returns to her, he still meets his death because of her ill-omened ankle bracelet. The Shilappadikaram has been called an epic and even a novel, but it is also a book of general education. Adigal packed his story with information: history merging into myth, religious rites, caste customs, military lore, descriptions of city and country life. And four Cantos are little anthologies of the poetry of the period (seashore and mountain songs, hunters’ and milkmaid’s song). Thus the story gives us a vivid picture of early Indian life in all its aspects.

Prince Ilangô Adigal was a Tamil poet of ancient India and is considered as important to India as Homer was to the Western world.

Alain Daniélou was an Indian historian, intellectual, musicologist, and a noted western convert to and expert of Shaivite Hinduism.
Product Details ISBN: 9780811200011
ISBN-10: 0811200019
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: April 14th, 2009
Pages: 224
Language: English
The Ankle Bracelet (dated between the third and seventh centuries A.D.) is one of the ancient epic romances in Tamil--providing a tale of wonders and woes, magic and misfortune.

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