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The Sword and the Flute—Kali and Krsna

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

David Kinsley (Author)

Not available in India

Paperback, 178 pages
ISBN: 9780520224766
May 2000
$28.95, £21.95
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.
David R. Kinsley is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

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