The present book being an English translation of a German book entitled Der Saiva Siddhanta by H.W. Schomerus gives a full and documented account of this theistic movement, then as now little known in the west. The book quickly became and still is the major reference work in this field in any European language.
Schomerus cites Siddhanta scriptures on each point. His book thus offers a systematic theology of the movement, from its own basic texts, many of which are not otherwise available in English.
About the Author:
HILKO WIARDO SCHOMERUS was born on January 7th 1879 in Marienhafe, a small town north of Emden in Lower Saxony. After Schooling in Emden and training in Leipzig he went out in 1902 to South India as a missionary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Here he learnt Tamil and studied the religious beliefs and theories of the area. Returning to Germany in 1912 he published this work and undertook further study in Britain and Germany. In 1926, after further pastoral and academic work, he was appointed Professor of Religious and Mission Studies at Halle University. After long and distinguished service he died there in 1945.
MARY LAW, after many years in School teaching, took a degree in retirement, and then wrote a thesis on Western Understanding of Saiva Siddhanta (M.Phil. Thesis, University of Wales, Cardiff, 1993), of which this present translation formed a part.
HUMPHREY PALMER served as her supervisor and Head of Department, and undertook final revision for the press.
Send as free online greeting card
Email a Friend