By Guy L. Beck

Going past the normal depictions of Krishna within the epics, this ebook makes use of nearby 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 historic manifestation of the ideal 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 dependent upon descriptions present in the Sanskrit canon, and in most cases replicate wide-spread, classical Pan-Indian images.

In this booklet, members study the choice, or unconventional, Krishnas, providing examples from extra localized Krishna traditions present in various areas between quite a few 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 reviews software at Tulane college. he's the writer of Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound.

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