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Hanuman's TaleThe Messages of a Divine Monkey$
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Philip Lutgendorf

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309225.001.0001

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 Prayers, Recipes, Memoirs

 Prayers, Recipes, Memoirs

Hanuman in Hindi Popular Literature

(p.89) 3 Prayers, Recipes, Memoirs
Hanuman's Tale

Philip Lutgendorf (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

After highlighting the growing role of literacy and the mass-dissemination of standardized texts in popular Hindu practice, this chapter turns to the importance of Hanuman in the Hindi devotional poetry attributed to the influential 16th-17th century saint-poet Tulsidas, author of the epic Ramcaritmanas and one of the great figures of bhakti literature. It then surveys a body of allegedly esoteric tantra literature that promotes Hanuman's ritual worship as an efficacious, boon-granting deity. Finally, it introduces and discusses the implications of a collection of exuberant late-20th century narratives that construct an elaborate “biography” (or in two cases, an autobiography) of Hanuman, making him the central hero in his own epic-like cycle.

Keywords:   bhakti literature, Hindi literature, literacy, Ramcaritmanas, religious biography, ritual, tantra, Tulsidas

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