Alternative Krishnas: Regional And Vernacular Variations On by Guy L. Beck

By Guy L. Beck

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

Krishna—widely honored and loved within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many features. An historic manifestation of the ideal 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 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 in most cases mirror favourite, classical Pan-Indian images.

In this publication, members learn the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, providing examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in assorted areas between a variety of ethnic teams, vernacular language traditions, and distant branches of Indian religions. those wide-ranging, replacement visions of Krishna contain 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 complete quantity bargains a consi-derable spectrum of a number of lesser-known varieties of Krishna bhakti awarded from assorted learn views. it really is an informative addition to experiences in largely conceived Vaishnavism and non secular traditions.” —  Acta Orientalia Vilnensia

“…Guy Beck has … provid[ed] a fantastically produced quantity with a few interesting study papers providing ‘regional and vernacular diversifications on a Hindu deity’ … [he] has performed an exceptional carrier by way of accumulating and soliciting splendidly wealthy and numerous articles.” — Indo-Iranian Journal

"Surely, there are few, if any, deities extra crucial and demanding to Hinduism than Krishna. This quantity provides very important voices to our knowing of this Hindu deity, a true and extremely 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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During the Bangladesh war, when Hindus in East Pakistan fled with only what they could carry, many families chose to carry their statues rather than food, clothing, or money. As one informant in Calcutta said of his statue: “He is a family member—leaving without him would be like leaving a child behind, or an elderly grandfather. ”7 Folk Vaishnavism and the Thakur Pañcayat 37 The god may also be present in rocks, plants, or parts of the natural landscape. The salagrama stone is a dark stone found along the banks of the GašdakŒ River.

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