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By Guy L. Beck

Going past the traditional depictions of Krishna within the epics, this publication makes use of local and vernacular assets to offer a variety of Krishna traditions.

Krishna—widely commemorated and cherished within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many facets. An old manifestation of the best 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 ambitions: Krishna is the butter thief, cowherd, philanderer, and flute participant. but even those playful depictions are dependent upon descriptions present in the Sanskrit canon, and in general mirror favourite, classical Pan-Indian images.

In this ebook, participants study the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, supplying examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in various areas between numerous 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.

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

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