Devoted to the Goddess: The Life and Work of Ramprasad / Edition 1

Devoted to the Goddess: The Life and Work of Ramprasad / Edition 1

by Malcolm McLean
     
 

ISBN-10: 079143690X

ISBN-13: 9780791436905

Pub. Date: 04/28/1998

Publisher: State University of New York Press

In this book, Malcolm McLean examines the evidence for the life of Ramprasad, and finding little in the historical record, deconstructs the important early biographics, which contain material that is largely legendary in nature. A founder figure emerges whose "life," modeled on that of the earlier saint, Caitanya, became a rallying point for his followers. An analysis…  See more details below

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In this book, Malcolm McLean examines the evidence for the life of Ramprasad, and finding little in the historical record, deconstructs the important early biographics, which contain material that is largely legendary in nature. A founder figure emerges whose "life," modeled on that of the earlier saint, Caitanya, became a rallying point for his followers. An analysis of the approximately 350 songs of this "Ramprasad" are analyzed and show how he skillfully combined three important elements of the Hindu tradition into a consistent whole: the classical Puranic Goddess tradition, especially as it is found in the Devi Mahatmya; the indigenous tradition of Bengali fold Goddesses, still enormously popular; and the previously underground esoteric Tantric tradition. The book also looks at how these poems/songs, many of which are translated here, might be read today. The author argues that many have a contemporary relevance which might appeal to many Western readers as they do to Bengalis even today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791436905
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
SUNY series in Hindu Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
205
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1The Search for the Historical Ramprasad3
2The Deconstruction of the Tradition17
3Reading the Life of Ramprasad30
4Ramprasad's Mad Bitch Goddess49
5Ramprasad's Tantric Goddess68
6The Goddess as Ramprasad's Daughter95
7Reading the Songs of Ramprasad108
Conclusion133
AppendixIsvarachandra Gupta's Biography of Ramprasad139
Notes159
Bibliography189
Index199

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