The Sword and the Flute-Kali and Krsna - pr_114692

The Sword and the Flute-Kali and Krsna

Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology, With a New Preface

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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.

Product code: 9780520224766

ISBN 9780520224766
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H203xW140xS13
No. Of Pages 178
Series Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions
Publisher University of California Press
The cruel and terrible Kali and the divine lover Krsna are two of Hinduism's most popular deities, representing dramatically different truths about the nature of the sacred. This text shows, however, that the two have more in common than their personalities would suggest.