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Devoted to the Goddess : the life and work of Ramprasad

Author: Malcolm McLean
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1998.
Series: SUNY series in Hindu studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Malcolm McLean examines the evidence for the life of Ramprasad, and finding little in the historical record, deconstructs the important early biographics, which contain material that is largely legendary in nature. A founder figure emerges whose "life," modeled on that of the earlier saint, Caitanya, became a rallying point for his followers." "An analysis of the approximately 350 songs of this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Rāmaprasāda Sena; Rāmaprasāda Sena; Rāmprasāda Sena
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Malcolm McLean
ISBN: 0791436896 9780791436899 079143690X 9780791436905
OCLC Number: 36807207
Language Note: Includes some translitaration and translation from Bengali.
Description: xix, 205 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. The Search for the Historical Ramprasad 2. The Deconstruction of the Tradition 3. Reading the Life of Ramprasad 4. Ramprasad's Mad Bitch Goddess 5. Ramprasad's Tantric Goddess 6. The Goddess as Ramprasad's Daughter 7. Reading the Songs of Ramprasad Appendix. Isvarachandra Gupta's Biography of Ramprasad.
Series Title: SUNY series in Hindu studies.
Responsibility: Malcolm McLean.

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"In this book, Malcolm McLean examines the evidence for the life of Ramprasad, and finding little in the historical record, deconstructs the important early biographics, which contain material that is largely legendary in nature. A founder figure emerges whose "life," modeled on that of the earlier saint, Caitanya, became a rallying point for his followers." "An analysis of the approximately 350 songs of this "Ramprasad" are analyzed and show how he skillfully combined three important elements of the Hindu tradition into a consistent whole: the classical Puranic Goddess tradition, especially as it is found in the Devi Mahatmya; the indigenous tradition of Bengali fold Goddesses, still enormously popular; and the previously underground esoteric Tantric tradition." "The book also looks at how these poems/songs, many of which are translated here, might be read today. The author argues that many have a contemporary relevance which might appeal to many Western readers as they do to Bengalis even today."--Jacket.

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