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The Final Word: The Caitanya Caritamrita and the Grammar of Religious Tradition

Tony K. Stewart

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195392722
eISBN:
9780199777327
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195392722.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In the early 16th c., Bengali brahmin Kṛṣṇa Caitanya (1476–1533) inspired a community of Kṛṣṇa worshipers in Bengal, Orissa, and Vraja. This study examines the ways those devotees came to be unified ... More


The Story of Saṃkarṣaṇa’s and Kṛṣṇa’s Births: A Drama Involving Embryos

André Couture

in Imagining the Fetus: The Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195380040
eISBN:
9780199869077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380040.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, World Religions

The Harivaṃśa (a long supplement to the Mahābhārata) contains the well-known Hindu story of the births of Saṃkarṣaṇa and Kṛṣṇa, which involves the killing of six fetuses, the miscarriage of a ... More


Dharma and the Bhagavad Gītā

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

What, taking an implausible time out in the middle of the battlefield just before the outbreak of war, did God (Kṛṣṇa) say to the world's greatest warrior, who, for a moment, thought better of being ... More


Dharma and Bhakti

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter attempts to “map” dharma in relation to bhakti, proposing that such a map must begin with the divine plan or plans one has been hearing about. It becomes a project of mapping the ... More


Aśvaghoṣa's Buddhacarita: A Buddhist Reading of the Sanskrit Epics and Their Treatments of Dharma

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter on Aśvaghoṣa's Buddhacarita returns to the question of biography, and takes up the centrality of dharma in this text. Aśvaghoṣa, a Brahmin convert to Buddhism and a versatile ... More


Introduction

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter introduces the book's usage of “dharma texts,”, and proposes a chronology of the eleven discussed. It then takes up the three main texts used, the two Sanskrit epics and Manu, offering ... More


Two Dharma Biographies? Rāma and Yudhiṣṭhira

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 9 takes up how the epics portray Rāma and Yudhiṣṭhira's lifelong biographies. It argues that each epic carries its king through a similar archetypal pattern evident from the structuring of ... More


A Vaisnava Poet in Early Modern Bengal: Kavikarnapura's Splendour of Speech

Rembert Lutjeharms

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198827108
eISBN:
9780191866012
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827108.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book examines the practice of poetry in the devotional Vaiṣṇava tradition inspired by Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya (1486–1533), through a detailed study of the Sanskrit poetic works of Kavikarṇapūra, one ... More


Seven Days of Nectar: Contemporary Oral Performance of the Bhagavatapurana

McComas Taylor

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190611910
eISBN:
9780190611934
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190611910.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The thousand-year-old Sanskrit classic the Bhāgavatapurāṇa, or “Stories of the Lord,” is the foundational source of narratives concerning the beloved Hindu deity Kṛṣṇa. For centuries, pious ... More


Heaven’s Riddles or the Hell Trick: Theodicy and Narrative Strategies

Emily T. Hudson

in Disorienting Dharma: Ethics and the Aesthetics of Suffering in the Mahabharata

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860760
eISBN:
9780199979936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860760.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 5 analyzes the epic’s treatment of several important themes through considering whether the Mahābhārata provides a rationale for the existence of suffering (i.e., a theodicy). First, this ... More


Two Dharma Biographies?: Sītā and Draupadī

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834661
eISBN:
9780824870713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834661.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter focuses on Sītā and Draupadī's dharma biographies, which introduce two exemplary strands of women's spirituality. Their spiritual life comes to be intertwined with bhakti, “devotion”—and ... More


The Vernacular Cosmopolitan: Jayadeva's Gītagovinda

Jesse Ross Knutson

in Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry: The Sena Salon of Bengal and Beyond

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780520282056
eISBN:
9780520957794
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520282056.003.0004
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter reads the Giītagovinda's form and content inseparably in terms of the other, conducting a deep internal comparison within the work itself. In its metrically and aesthetically peculiar ... More


Nezha, Nalakūbara, and kṛṣṇa

Meir Shahar

in Oedipal God: The Chinese Nezha and His Indian Origins

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824847609
eISBN:
9780824868130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824847609.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Chapter 9: Nezha, Nalakūbara, and Kṛṣṇa examines the figure of Nezha (Nalakūbara) in Sanskrit literature. It points out the purāṇic legends that associate Nalakūbara with the mighty Indian child-god ... More


Kālī and Aravāṉ-Kūttāṇṭavar: Rethinking Bose’s Oedipus Mother

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Freud's Mahābhārata

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190878337
eISBN:
9780190878368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190878337.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, Religion and Literature

Chapter 5 considers Bose’s concept of the “Oedipus mother” via a discussion of Aravāṉ-Kūttāṇṭavar’s self-mutilating sacrifice as a battle-opening offering to “mother” Kālī. This sacrifice is ... More


On the Rasa of Love

Rembert Lutjeharms

in A Vaisnava Poet in Early Modern Bengal: Kavikarnapura's Splendour of Speech

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198827108
eISBN:
9780191866012
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827108.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The development of rasa in the Ānanda‐vṛndāvana is the topic of Chapter 7. As this chapter demonstrates, Kavikarṇapūra’s ‘narratology’ is based not on action, but on the emotional being of the ... More


The Megalithic Culture and the Great Epics

Asko Parpola

in The Roots of Hinduism: The Early Aryans and The Indus Civilization

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780190226909
eISBN:
9780190226947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226909.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Early Painted Grey Ware relates to the Kuru kingdom. Megalithic graves of Central Asian origin appear around 800 BCE, signaling the arrival of “pale” (paṇḍu) people with foreign customs (polyandry). ... More


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