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By Guy L. Beck

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

Krishna—widely honored and cherished within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many facets. An old manifestation of the superb 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 more often than not replicate typical, classical Pan-Indian images.

In this booklet, participants study the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, providing examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in various areas between a variety 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.

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

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