Posted on: 15 January 2017

Digital Rare Book:
The Smile of Murugan - On Tamil Literature of South India
By Kamil Zvelebil
Published by BRILL - 1973

A comprehensive introduction to South Indian (Tamil) Sangam Literature, in the wide context of tradition and culture of ancient South India.

Kamil Václav Zvelebil (1927 - 2009) was a distinguished Czech scholar in Indian literature and linguistics and held faculty appointments at the University of Chicago, the Collège de France in Paris and the University of Utrecht (among others), where he taught until his retirement in 1992. He is the author of several authoritative volumes on Sanskrit and Tamil studies.

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Standing figure of Skanda (Muruga), schist, India, 6th-7th century.

Copyright: © Victoria and Albert Museum

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interesting - usually 'vel' - the single edged spear / javelin is the weapon of choice ( represented in paintings, sculptures , even literature) for Murugan - this one is double edged

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