The Sword and the Flute - Kali and Krsna
Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology With a New Preface
By (author) David R. Kinsley
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Sword and the Flute - Kali and Krsna by David R. Kinsley
Book DescriptionWith a New Preface Kali and Krsna 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520224766
(203mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David R. Kinsley
Hinduism, Paperback (February 1993)
An overview of the Hindu religious tradition and a description of the essence of the Hindu vision of reality.
Hindu Goddesses, Paperback (July 1988)» View all books by David R. Kinsley
Goddess worship has long been a significant aspect of Hinduism. In this book, the author sorts out the rich yet often chaotic history of Hindu goddess worship.
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Author Biography - David R. Kinsley
David R. Kinsley is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
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