The Goindval Pothis

The Goindval Pothis : The Earliest Extant Source of the Sikh Canon

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This volume explores the earliest available version of the Sikh canon. The book contains the first critical description and partial edition of the Goindval Pothis, a set of proto-scriptural manuscripts prepared in the 1570s. The manuscripts also contain a number of hymns by non-Sikh saints, some of them not found elsewhere.

Through a meticulous analysis of the contents of these rare manuscripts, Gurinder Singh Mann establishes their place and importance in the history of Sikh canon formation.

The book will be of great interest to scholars of comparative canon studies and of medieval Indian literature.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 233 pages
  • 186 x 260 x 24mm | 782g
  • Cambridge, Mass, United States
  • English, Panjabi
  • 0674356187
  • 9780674356184
  • 2,260,286

Table of contents

Introduction to the Goindval Pothis: the Goindval Pothis as understood by Sikh tradition; the history of pothis; the time of their recording; their original number; their internal structure; their place in the transmission of the early sacred corpus; boundaries of this research. The contents of the extant Goindval Pothis: Pothi at Lajpat Nagar, Jalandhar - hymns in "rag" Suhi, "Rag" Prabhati, "Rag" Dhanasri, "Rag" Basant, "Rag" Bhairo, "Rag" Maru, "Rag" Tilang; Pothi at Sundar Kutia, Pinjore, - hymns in "rag" Ramkali, "Rag" Sorathi, "Rag" Malar, "Rag" Sarang. Non-canonical compositions in the extant Goindval Pothis: compositions attributed to the Gurus; Gulam Sadasevak; Kabir; Namdev; Trilochan; Beni; Sharaf.
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Mann is clearly of the new generation of academics in Sikh studies who do not share the mindset of 'established' scholars in the subject. He also combines a deep understanding for his faith, and its traditions, with the need for outstanding academic rigour. This is a fine volume that has been long overdue. Mann has rendered extremely useful service in making the sacred literature readily available. Let us hope the publishers of this volume recognise the need to make it accessible to an audience beyond Sikh specialists.--Gurharpal Singh "Asian Affairs [UK] "
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