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Hermeneutics, Studies in the History of Religions #04: The Sword and the Flute: Kali and Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and Sublime in Hindu Mythology

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With a New Preface

Kali and Krsna are two of Hinduism's most popular deities, representing dramatically different truths about the nature of the sacred. The cruel and terrible Kali is thought to be born of wild, aboriginal roots. She is the goddess of thieves and often associated with human blood sacrifice. Krsna, in contrast, is the divine lover and inimitable prankster who plays a bewitching flute to draw all to him. But Kali and Krsna have much more in common than their contrasting personalities suggest. Kinsley shows that Krsna's flute can be interchangeable with Kali's sword, revealing important perceptions of the divine in the Hindu tradition.

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Vivid sketches and interpretations of two Hindu deities: the amorous, irresistibly beautiful Krishna and the black, fearsome goddess Kali. The book traces the history and describes the mythology of both deities.

About the Author

David R. Kinsley is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520224766
Author:
Kinsley, David R.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Far eastern
Subject:
Mythology, hindu
Subject:
Kali
Subject:
Krishna
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Edition Number:
2nd ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Hermeneutics, Studies in the History of Religions
Series Volume:
04
Publication Date:
20000531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
178
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in 0.08 lb

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