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Description - The Sword and the Flute-Kali and Krsna by David R. Kinsley

With 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 Details

ISBN: 9780520224766
ISBN-10: 0520224760
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 178
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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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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