By Guy L. Beck
Krishna—widely honored and loved within the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many elements. An historical manifestation of the ultimate 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 targets: 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 usually mirror conventional, classical Pan-Indian images.
In this booklet, members study the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, providing 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 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 college. he's the writer of Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound.
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Alternative Krishnas: Regional and Vernacular Variations on a Hindu Deity by Guy L. Beck