Krishna's Mandala: Bhagavata Religion and Beyond

Krishna's Mandala: Bhagavata Religion and Beyond

by D. Dennis Hudson
     
 

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.

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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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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)

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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