Textual Analysis

Pashaura Singh

in The Guru Granth Sahib

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780195663341
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080694 | DOI:
Textual Analysis

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This chapter describes the use of textual analysis to reconstruct the history of the Adi Granth by focusing on how the text came into being. It also examines the editing and recasting of certain hymns that were part of the process of the creation of the Sikh scripture. In addition, it analyses the Goindval pothis and the early manuscripts of the Adi Granth which contain hymns with textual variations. It compares the relevant texts and manuscripts in order to understand the process underlying the development of the Sikh canon. The chapter also looks at Mul Mantar, the basic theological statement of the Sikh faith; liturgical texts such as Guru Nanak's Japji (the early morning prayer), So Dar Rahiras (the evening prayer of the Sikhs), and Guru Amar Das's Anand or hymn of bliss; Guru Nanak's Suhi hymn; and Guru Arjan's Tilang hymns and Ramakali hymn.

Keywords: Goindval pothis; Mul Mantar; Guru Nanak; Guru Arjan; Guru Amar Das; Japji; So Dar Rahiras; Anand; Suhi hymn; Ramakali hymn

Chapter.  18427 words. 

Subjects: Sikhism

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