Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. 7-8

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Introduction

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pp. 9-18

The word Auvai means “mother,” “older woman,” or “female ascetic”; to it we add ār, a respectful suffix, to make “Avvaiyar” (Auvaiyār). The name has been given to women since the Sangam period, roughly 100 B.C.E. to 250 C.E. An Avvaiyar of that time was given the loving protection of Atiyamān̲ Neṭumān̲ Añci, ...

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Love Generosity: Translator’s Note on Avvaiyar

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pp. 19-22

Children in Tamil Nadu grow up with Avvaiyar. You can often hear gradeschool students repeating after their teachers the opening statements of Ātticcūṭi, her alphabetical acrostic, one line for each Tamil letter, like “A is for Apple, B is for Ball.” Her list begins: “Love generosity.” ...

The Word that Endures

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pp. 23-42

The Right Road

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pp. 43-60

What We Know

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pp. 61-68

Notes

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pp. 69-70

Acknowledgements

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pp. 71-72