The Courts of Pre-Colonial South India: Material Culture and Kingship

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The following table gives the definitions of words written in italics which are not book titles or proper names. The original source language is indicated first (A = Arabic, E = English, H = Hindi, P = Persian, S = Sanskrit, T = Tamil, Te = Telugu), then whenever possible, a literal translation precedes a more specific definition.
abhisheka [m](abhieka) S/ Sprinkling. Consecration of a person, divine image or thing with holy liquids.
akam T/ That which is inner, inside, internal.
alpa raja S/ Small king. The lowest-ranking king named in the Manasara.
amaram T(?)/ Servants of the king whose duties were performed outside the palace compound (Waghorne 1994: p. 153).
anta [r] (antar/ ) S/ Inside, inner part, end.
antapura(m) T, S/ Inner town. The king's palace, the domestic quarters therein.
aranmanai (aramanai) T/ A fortified house, palace.
aranmanai uliya (aramanaiuliya) T/ Inner palace. Servants of the king whose duties were performed inside the palace compound.
astra graha S/ 'The one who takes the bow'. The lowest-ranking king named in the Manasara. See also alpa raja.
avatara (avatāra) S/ Descent. An incarnation of a god, particularly Vishnu.
bahir S/ External, relating to the exterior.
bahir salam/bahya salam (bahirśālam/bahya śālam) S/ Outer room, court, enclosure. The exterior area of the palace compound. The area of the palace which is not the antapuram.

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The Courts of Pre-Colonial South India: Material Culture and Kingship
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgements xiv
  • Abbreviations xvi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Manasara and Pre-Colonial Kingship in South India 8
  • 2 - Vijayanagara and Madurai 27
  • 3 - The Emergence of Ramnad Kingdom 71
  • 4 - Paintings in the Ramalinga Vilasam 90
  • 5 - Ramnad Palace 127
  • 6 - Ramnad Town 159
  • 7 - Ramnad Kingdom 174
  • 8 - Ramnad's Rivals 192
  • Conclusion 226
  • Glossary 229
  • Notes 233
  • Bibliography 244
  • Index 255
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