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By Guy L. Beck

Going past the traditional depictions of Krishna within the epics, this e-book makes use of local and vernacular resources to provide quite a lot of Krishna traditions.

Krishna—widely commemorated and loved within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many points. An historical manifestation of the ultimate 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 targets: 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 generally replicate normal, classical Pan-Indian images.

In this e-book, participants learn the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, providing examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in varied 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.

Guy L. Beck, a non secular 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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