By Guy L. Beck

Going past the normal depictions of Krishna within the epics, this e-book makes use of nearby and vernacular resources to offer a variety of Krishna traditions.

Krishna—widely commemorated and loved within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many points. An historical manifestation of the very best God Vishnu, or the Godhead itself, Krishna is the bringer of Yoga philosophy and the author of the universe, the destroyer of evil tyrants, and the hero of the epic Mahabharata. he's additionally defined in classical Sanskrit texts as having human features and having fun with very human objectives: Krishna is the butter thief, cowherd, philanderer, and flute participant. but even those playful depictions are established upon descriptions present in the Sanskrit canon, and regularly replicate popular, classical Pan-Indian images.

In this booklet, individuals learn the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, delivering examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in diversified areas between a number of ethnic teams, vernacular language traditions, and distant branches of Indian religions. those wide-ranging, replacement visions of Krishna comprise the Tantric Krishna of Bengal, Krishna in city women's rituals, Krishna as monogamous husband and more youthful brother in Braj, Krishna in Jainism, Krishna in Marathi culture, Krishna in South India, and the Krishna of nineteenth-century reformed Hinduism.

“The entire quantity deals a consi-derable spectrum of a number of lesser-known kinds of Krishna bhakti offered from various study views. it's an informative addition to stories in widely conceived Vaishnavism and spiritual traditions.” —  Acta Orientalia Vilnensia

“…Guy Beck has … provid[ed] a superbly produced quantity with a few attention-grabbing examine papers offering ‘regional and vernacular diversifications on a Hindu deity’ … [he] has performed an exceptional carrier via gathering and soliciting splendidly wealthy and various articles.” — Indo-Iranian Journal

"Surely, there are few, if any, deities extra principal and demanding to Hinduism than Krishna. This quantity provides very important voices to our figuring out of this Hindu deity, a true and intensely major accomplishment." — Jeffrey J. Kripal, writer of Roads of extra, Palaces of knowledge: Eroticism and Reflexivity within the learn of Mysticism

Contributors contain Jerome H. Bauer, man L. Beck, Glen Alexander Hayes, June McDaniel, Anne E. Monius, Christian Lee Novetzke, Tracy Pintchman, Valerie Ritter, and A. Whitney Sanford.

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W. Braj: Centre of Krishna Pilgrimage. Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 1987. Ghosal, S. N. Studies in Divine Aesthetics. Visvabharati: Shantiniketan, 1974. Sarkar, R. M. Regional Cults and Rural Traditions: An Interacting Pattern of Divinity and Humanity in Rural Bengal. New Delhi: Inter-India, 1986. Tod, J. Annals of Rajasthan. Calcutta, 1884. ” 143. Vol. 7. New York: Scribner’s, 1915. This page intentionally left blank. Chapter 4 Domesticating Krishna: Friendship, Marriage, and Women’s Experience in a Hindu Women’s Ritual Tradition TRACY PINTCHMAN In his well-known book on Krishna, The Divine Player: A Study of Krsna LŒla, David Kinsley emphasizes the nature of Krishna as a playful deity who remains eternally unbound by the social and moral norms that condition the human realm.

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