Krishna's Mandala: Bhagavata Religion and Beyond

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D. Dennis Hudson was one of the foremost American scholars of the religions of India and this volume brings together his seminal essays. It studies different aspects of Bhagavata religion and Vaishnavism in south India and also the connections between the Vaishnavism of south India and a remembered or imagined north. The collection is divided into three parts. While the first part deals with the physical, conceptual, ritual, and moral layouts of the two ancient Tamil capitals-Madurai and Kancipuram, the second evaluates a series of key texts that illumine the nature of ancient Bhagavatism. The last part investigates the connections between Bhagavata religion and gender.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198062769
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/13/2009
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

D. Dennis Hudson (16 Feb. 1938-10 Dec. 2006) was Emeritus Professor of World Religions at Smith College

John Stratton Hawley is Professor of Religion, Barnard College, Columba University

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Romila Thapar; Introduction by John Stratton Hawley;
Part I.Tales of Two Cities:
1. Madurai: The City as Goddess
2. Shiva, Minaksi, Vishnu: A Popular Myth in Madurai
3. Kancipuram;
4. Vraja Among the Tamils;
Part II. Reading Bhagavata Texts-Temples and Tomes;
5. The Initiation of the Emperor;
6. The Discovery;
7. Dating the Srimad Bhagavata Purana;
8. The 'Barley-Corn' Pattern of Bhagavad Gita;
9. Arjuna's Sin;
Part III. Andal and the Sri Vaishnava World;
10. Andal Alvar: A Developing Hagiography;
11. Andal's Desire;
12. Bathing in Krishna;
13. By Monkey or by Cat: How is One Saved? Bibliography of Works by Dennis Hudson; Index

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