Krishna, Lord Or Avatara?: The Relationship Between Krishna Nd Vishnu

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Religion - 254 pages
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This is a study of three Sanskrit texts, the Harivamsa, the Visnupurana, and the Bhagavatabelonging to the puranic genre, the chief source of knowledge of the origins of popular Hinduism. It treats them as integrated compositions and displays the theological motives and creative skill which have gone into the making of them. It shows how all three texts contain narratives which present Krishna as one of several subordinate manifestations (avataras) of Vishnu. All three use much the same traditional material, yet each, by arranging this material in its own way, presents a distinctive view of Krishna, and the most influential of them, the Bhagavata , builds up a world view in which Krishna, not Vishnu, is supreme.

  

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Contents

Epic evaluations of Krsna
23
Krsna in the Harivamsa
44
The allpervading Visnu
65
Krsna in the Visnupurdna
89
The Bible of Krsnaism
107
Krsna in the Bhdgavatapurana
125
The Lords cosmic play
150
Krsna or Visnu?
175
Notes
202
Bibliography
238
Index
246
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Freda Matchett is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Religious Studies at Lancaster University.

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