Translation, transformation and genre in the Kristapurana

Show simple item record George, Annie Rachel Rath, Arnapurna 2016-11-21T21:53:52Z 2016-11-21T21:53:52Z 2016-11
dc.identifier.citation George, Annie Rachel and Rath, Arnapurna, “Translation, transformation and genre in the Kristapurana”, Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies, DOI: 10.1080/23306343.2016.1243459, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 280-293, Nov. 2016.
dc.identifier.issn 2330-6343
dc.identifier.issn 2330-6351
dc.description.abstract Thomas Stephens, in his Kristapurana (1616), attempted to negotiate the intercultural spaces between Christianity and Hinduism through the creative processes of translation. In this study, we take his translation of the term Vaicunttha as a place/space defining these intercultural encounters. Vaicunttha is a place in Indian mythology where the Hindu God Vishnu resides. Stephens translates “heaven” as Vaicunttha, while Christ is depicted as Vaicunttha-swami (Lord of Vaicunttha). Stephens’ translation of words such as Vaicunttha makes it clear that he had studied the hierarchical structure of the “Hindu heavens” well enough to place Christ in Vaicunttha, the highest abode of Vishnu, rather than in any lower tier of the heavens. It intrigues the reader as to why Stephens would place Christ in Vaicunttha instead of suarga (heaven). This metaphoric image of Christ within the sanctuary of a Hindu temple evokes anxiety in the native audience of experiencing a “foreign” message entering into a genre sacred to them. The present study foregrounds one “microcosm” of Christianity in Goa in seventeenth-century India. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Annie Rachel George and Arnapurna Rath
dc.format.extent vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 280-293
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_US
dc.subject Cultural translation en_US
dc.subject Christianity en_US
dc.subject Kristapurana en_US
dc.subject Thomas Stephens en_US
dc.subject Christian writings en_US
dc.subject Puranas en_US
dc.subject translation and genre en_US
dc.title Translation, transformation and genre in the Kristapurana en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies

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