The Hare Krishna Movement
The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant
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Hare Krishna Movement by Edwin Bryant
Book DescriptionDancing and chanting with their shaven heads and saffron robes, Hare Krishnas presented the most visible face of any of the eastern religions transplanted to the West during the sixties and seventies. Yet few people know much about them. This comprehensive study includes more than twenty contributions from members, ex-members, and academics who have followed the Hare Krishna movement for years. Since the death of its founder, the movement, also known as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), has experienced debates over the roles of authority, heresy, and dissent, which have led to the development of several splinter movements. There is a growing women's rights movement and a highly publicized child abuse scandal. Providing a privileged look at the people and issues shaping ISKCON, this volume also offers insight into the complex factors surrounding the emergence of religious traditions, including early Christianity, as well as a glimpse of the original seeds and the germinating stages of a religious tradition putting down roots in foreign soil.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780231122566
(238mm x 166mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Edwin Bryant
Indo-Aryan Controversy, Paperback (February 2005)
This book presents an overview of the debate surrounding Indo-Aryans, their place in South Asian history and identity formations.
Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture, Paperback (December 2003)
A study of how various Indian scholars, over the course of a century or more, have rejected the idea of an external origin of the Indo Aryans by questioning the very logic, assumptions and methods upon which the theory is based. Inthe process, Bryant presents a complete exposition and analysis of views addressing the issue of Indo-Aryan origins.
Krishna, Paperback (December 2003)View all books by Edwin Bryant
Tells the story of the god Krishna, the supreme godhead of the Hindus and worshipped by them for over two and a half millennia. This book contains stories that relate to Krishna's childhood and adolescence in the forests of Vrindavan among the herdspeople. It also contains tales which lie behind much of Hindu art.
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Author Biography - Edwin Bryant
Edwin F. Bryant is assistant professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University. His publications include The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Cultureand Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God, Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book Ten. Maria L. Ekstrand is a psychologist on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco who was involved in the development of ISKCON's child abuse investigation guidelines.
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