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The Krsna (Krishna) Cycle in the Puranas (Themes and Motifs in a Heroic Saga)

The Krsna (Krishna) Cycle in the Puranas (Themes and Motifs in a Heroic Saga)

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Item Code: IDD575

by Benjamin Preciado - Solis

Hardcover (Edition: 1984)

Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN 0-89581-226-6

Language: English
Size: 10.8" X 8.6"
Pages: 163(b & w illus: 74)
Price: $27.50
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About the Book:

Krsna is one of the best loved figure in Indian religion and literature. The stories of his life and deeds occupy a central place in Indian literary traditions down to out day. The present work deals with the main themes and motifs found in the Krsna legend up to the 10th century.

In the first chapter the Vedic antecedents to the Krsna figure are examined, as well as some of the views that claim that Krsna is found in the Vedic hymns. The second chapter deals with the first historical evidence on Krsna up the beginning of the Christian Era, and an exhaustive survey is made of all the archaeological and literary evidence together with their interpretations and discussions by modern scholars. The third and fourth chapters analyse the themes and motifs in the Krsnasaga, presenting them in a folk-comparative method, paying particular attention to the resemblances to the legends of Hercules. The last chapter presents a general survey of the Krsna stories as presented in the iconography up to the 10th century. This is complemented by a collection of photographs of most of the Iconographical evidence discussed, many of them here published for the first time.

About the Author:

Dr. Benjamin Preciado-Solis, a Mexican scholar specialized in Indology, obtained an M. Phill. (in Philosophy) from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico; an M.A. (Indian Studies) from El Colegio de Mexico, and a Ph.D. (South Asian Civilization) from the Australian National University. He also spent a year in the Banaras Hindu University as a Ph.D. Research Scholar besides travelling several times to India in field trips for his investigation. He is now Professor of Indian Studies at El Colegio de Mexico and is currently engaged in the preparation of a book on Ancient Indian Art and another on the Evolution of traditional concepts in Indian Society.

Table of Contents

PREFACE

ABBREVIATIONS

CHAPTER ONE

    VEDIC ANTECEDENTS
    1. Visnu
    2. Narayana
    3. Krsna in the Rv Veda
    4. Conclusion
CHAPTER TWO
    EARLY HISTORICAL EVIDENCE ON KRSNA
    1. The Evidence
    2. The Assessments
    3. Summary
CHAPTER THREE
    KRSNA AS A TRADITIONAL HERO
    1. Some Methodological Concepts and the Sources for the Investigation
    2. The Basic Pattern of Hero Stories
    3. The Themes of the Birth of Krsna
    4. Krsna as the Eighth Child
CHAPTER FOUR
    SOME BASIC THEMES IN THE LEGENDS OF KRSNA
    1. The Themes of the Miraculous Child
    2. The Cosmic Child
    3. Themes of the Hero as Strong-Man, The Wrestler
    4. Krsna as Strong Man: The Great Lover and the Great Eater
    5. The Slaying of the Dragon or the Monster Killer
CHAPTER FIVE
    THE KRSNA LEGENDS IN ICONOGRAPHY
CONCLUSION

KEY TO MAP

MAP

LIST OF PLATES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

PLATES

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  • www.veda.harekrsna.cz/encyclopedia/historical-krsna2.htm
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    4th Apr 2008
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