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Further Thoughts on the Gīta-Govinda

Further Thoughts on the Gīta-Govinda Further Thoughts on the Gta-Govinda For people who listen to poetry, the twelth-century Sanskrit Gta-Govinda by Jayadeva is the original love song of Krishna and Radha, his gopi, cowherd girl. In it Krishna seems the primal force that animates nature--"like the incarnation [mrti] of erotic love," Jayadeva says. Those who keep the deeds and songs of Krishna close to their hearts consider him the cosmic power of the Kali Yuga or Dark Age, the last refuge for humans when times grow desperate. Krishna has many guises--some of which can be traced to India's Paleolithic tribes--all suggesting a telluric or fertility spirit. Anthropologists and scholars cannot locate a single source for his mythology, and the story cycles concerning Krishna are tangled. As the charioteer and friend of Arjuna in the BhagavadGta, he is originator and destroyer of the universe, the source of everything. In the rati-keli-kath, or tales of erotic passion--which Jayadeva acknowledges as his sources for Gta-Govinda--Krishna plays the flute of the nomadic tribesman, and his tunes lure the village women back to the forest. Some see in this a cultural battle between hunting people--or pastoralists who migrate with their herds and do not regard land as property--and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

Further Thoughts on the Gīta-Govinda

Manoa , Volume 25 (2) – Mar 12, 2013

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Further Thoughts on the Gta-Govinda For people who listen to poetry, the twelth-century Sanskrit Gta-Govinda by Jayadeva is the original love song of Krishna and Radha, his gopi, cowherd girl. In it Krishna seems the primal force that animates nature--"like the incarnation [mrti] of erotic love," Jayadeva says. Those who keep the deeds and songs of Krishna close to their hearts consider him the cosmic power of the Kali Yuga or Dark Age, the last refuge for humans when times grow desperate. Krishna has many guises--some of which can be traced to India's Paleolithic tribes--all suggesting a telluric or fertility spirit. Anthropologists and scholars cannot locate a single source for his mythology, and the story cycles concerning Krishna are tangled. As the charioteer and friend of Arjuna in the BhagavadGta, he is originator and destroyer of the universe, the source of everything. In the rati-keli-kath, or tales of erotic passion--which Jayadeva acknowledges as his sources for Gta-Govinda--Krishna plays the flute of the nomadic tribesman, and his tunes lure the village women back to the forest. Some see in this a cultural battle between hunting people--or pastoralists who migrate with their herds and do not regard land as property--and

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Published: Mar 12, 2013

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