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hagiology

1. literature concerned with the lives and legends of saints
2. 
a. a biography of a saint
b. a collection of such biographies
3. an authoritative canon of saints
4. a history of sacred writings
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Lastly, some of the local narratives repeatedly invoked in the KS--the stories of the hunter-saint Kannappa of Kalahasti, and of Siriyala and Sankhya Tonda (Tamil Cakkiya Nayanar)--are part of the Saiva hagiological repertoire of the entire south Indian region, and are popular already in the bhakti poems of the Saiva Nayanar saints who lived in the Tamil area in the seventh and eighth centuries.