Bokomslag Songs on the Road: Wandering Religious Poets in India, Tibet, and Japan
Songs on the Road: Wandering Religious Poets in India, Tibet, and Japan. Stockholm University Press.

The aim of this edited volume, Songs on the Road: Wandering Religious Poets in India, Tibet, and Japan, is to highlight the religious poet for whom wandering is an essential part of the poets lifestyle.

In what ways have wandering poets contributed to the formation of common religious traditions canons?

How have the prerequisites for wandering poets changed, depending on social and historical circumstances?

In this volume we encounter priest-poets in search of munificent patrons, renouncers and yogins who sing about the bliss and hardship of wandering alone in the wilderness, Hindu pilgrims and opponents of pilgrimage, antinomian Buddhist-Tantric poets from Bengal, and the originator of the haiku. We are led along roads travelled by many, as well as paths tread by few.

This cross-cultural study contributes to our understanding of some of the religious traditions of Asia from ancient to modern times. It consists of seven chapters on the subject of poetry and itinerancy within the religious traditions of India, Tibet, and Japan. The chapters look, each from a different angle, at how itinerancy is reflected in religious poetry, what the purposes of the wanderers’ poems or songs are, and how the wandering poets relate to local communities, sacred geography, and institutionalized religion.

Songs on the Road: Wandering Religious Poets in India, Tibet, and Japan will be of interest to scholars in the discipline of History of Religions, Comparative Religion, Asian studies, Buddhist studies, Indology, etc.