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By Guy L. Beck

Going past the normal depictions of Krishna within the epics, this ebook makes use of neighborhood and vernacular resources to offer quite a lot of Krishna traditions.

Krishna—widely commemorated and loved within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many elements. An historical manifestation of the excellent God Vishnu, or the Godhead itself, Krishna is the bringer of Yoga philosophy and the writer 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 goals: 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 mirror universal, classical Pan-Indian images.

In this publication, individuals learn the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, supplying examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in varied areas between quite a few ethnic teams, vernacular language traditions, and distant branches of Indian religions. those wide-ranging, substitute 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.

Guy L. Beck, a non secular historian, teaches Hinduism and Asian Religions within the spiritual experiences application at Tulane college. he's the writer of Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound.

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