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Bhakti and Embodiment: Fashioning Divine Bodies and Devotional Bodies in Krsna Bhakti (Routledge Hindu Studies Series)

Barbara A. Holdrege

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Title: Bhakti and Embodiment: Fashioning Divine ...

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

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<p>The historical shift from Vedic traditions to post-Vedic <i>bhakti</i> (devotional) traditions is accompanied by a shift from abstract, translocal notions of divinity to particularized, localized notions of divinity and a corresponding shift from aniconic to iconic traditions and from temporary sacrificial arenas to established temple sites. In <i>Bhakti and Embodiment</i> Barbara Holdrege argues that the various transformations that characterize this historical shift are a direct consequence of newly emerging discourses of the body in <i>bhakti</i> traditions in which constructions of divine embodiment proliferate, celebrating the notion that a deity, while remaining translocal, can appear in manifold corporeal forms in different times and different localities on different planes of existence. Holdrege suggests that an exploration of the connections between <i>bhakti</i> and embodiment is critical not only to illuminating the distinctive transformations that characterize the emergence of <i>bhakti</i> traditions but also to understanding the myriad forms that <i>bhakti</i> has historically assumed up to the present time.</p> <p></p> <p>This study is concerned more specifically with the multileveled models of embodiment and systems of bodily practices through which divine bodies and devotional bodies are fashioned in Krsna <i>bhakti</i> traditions and focuses in particular on two case studies: the Bhagavata Purana, the consummate textual monument to Vaisnava <i>bhakti</i>, which expresses a distinctive form of passionate and ecstatic <i>bhakti </i>that is distinguished by its embodied nature; and the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, an important <i>bhakti </i>tradition<i> </i>inspired by the Bengali leader Caitanya in the sixteenth century, which articulates a robust discourse of embodiment pertaining to the divine bodies of Krsna and the devotional bodies of Krsna <i>bhakta</i>s that is grounded in the canonical authority of the Bhagavata Purana.</p>

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<p>Barbara A. Holdrege is Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the South Asian Studies Committee at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her publications include <i>Refiguring the Body: Embodiment in South Asian Religions</i>;<i> Veda and Torah: Transcending the Textuality of Scripture</i>; and <i>Ritual and Power.</i></p>

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