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By Guy L. Beck

Going past the traditional depictions of Krishna within the epics, this e-book makes use of nearby and vernacular assets to offer a variety of Krishna traditions.

Krishna—widely honored and loved within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many features. An historic 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 objectives: 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 general replicate primary, classical Pan-Indian images.

In this e-book, members learn the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, supplying examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in varied areas between a number 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 non secular stories application at Tulane collage. he's the writer of Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound.

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