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Sky-Clad: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Akka Mahadevi

Mukunda Rao (Author)

Akka Mahadevi is one of the foremost feminist and spiritual icons of Indian history. Her powerful vachanas, written in twelfth-century Karnataka, trace a radical journey. Unlike other women bhaktas, Mahadevi worked within the female body, not around it – eventually walking naked, ‘breast to breast with the cosmos’, and moving beyond all binaries, including male–female, devotee–God. Steered by her own inner experiences, Mahadevi cut loose from religious initiations. Her bhakti was the path, her inner voice the guru.

Sky-clad is a radical new reading of Akka Mahadevi’s story, one where the body is seen not as the prison of the mind or soul, but as the ground of intelligence, creativity and enlightenment.

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About the author

Mukunda Rao

Mukunda Rao teaches English at Dr. Ambedkar Degree College, Bangalore. He is the author ofConfessions of a Sannyasi (1988), The Mahatma: A Novel (1992), The Death of an Activist (1997), Babasaheb Ambedkar: Trials with Truth (2000), Rama Revisited and Other Stories (2002) and Chinnamani’s World (2003). He lives with his wife and son in Bangalore.

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Title Sky-Clad: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Akka Mahadevi
Author Mukunda Rao
Format Softcover
Date published: 21.03.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Westland Books
Language: English
isbn 9789386850850
length 176p.
Subjects Biography