Sword and the Flute-Kali and Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology

Sword and the Flute-Kali and Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology

by David R. Kinsley
     
 

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Krsna and Kali 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… See more details below

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Krsna and Kali 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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ISBN-13:
9780520026759
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/28/1975
Series:
Hermeneutics Ser.
Pages:
175

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