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Poetry Passion and Power The Lyrics of Andal-Goda and the Music of Goda Mandali Vasudha Narayanan Mirabai Inscribed in Text Embodied in Life Nancy M Martin-Kershaw This is a summary and reaction to the above articles both of which have similar foci in that they each discuss different female Hindu saints These Saints though women have life histories that do not exactly fit into the prescribed gender roles of current modern India Interestingly in an India where men dominate and female virtue is based on passivity and sacrifice for ones husband these holy women who never married officially and show no sign of passivity are widely excepted and widely revered as examples of holy righteousness Because of this the saints can be viewed as alternative role models for women in India who do not readily want to submit themselves to the rule of men The articles focus on this seemingly contradictory phenomenon of the incorporation of these female saints in Hindu mythology first giving hagiographic details pertaining to the saints and then siting examples of various followers attracted to them In the first article Narayanan shows how the only female alvar of Tamil hymns the Saint Goda pupularly known as Andal can be seen as an alternative female role model-one that showed contempt for marrying a man Andal or she who rules is an eighth century poet saint who is worshiped in south India by adherents of the Srivaisnava faith We see however that although Andal is and has been worshipped throughout south India in temples for centuries her poetry and contribution to religious worship have largely been ignored in Hindu scholarship Narayanans article really drives the point home that although many scholars have ignored Goda the reality of Andal in the Shrivaisnava faith is very strong which makes the fact that she has been ignored all the more peculiar It certainly is not because Andal lacks sufficient hagiography
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