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dc.contributor.authorTaylor, McComas
dc.date.issued2021
dc.date.submitted2021-07-14T09:58:03Z
dc.identifierONIX_20210714_9781760464417_5
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/50014
dc.description.abstractViṣṇu is a central deity in the Hindu pantheon, especially in his manifestation as the seductive cattle-herding youth, Kṛṣṇa. The purāṇas are sacred texts, which, as the Sanskrit name implies, are collections of narratives from 'long ago'. The Viṣṇu Purāṇa is thus an ancient account of the universe and guide to life, which places Viṣṇu-Kṛṣṇa at the centre of creation, theology and reality itself. This text, composed about 1,500 years ago, provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the most important themes and narratives that constitute the Hindu imagination: the creation and destruction of the universe, the origin of gods and mortals, the peopling of the world, and the structure and conduct of ideal brahminical society. The Viṣṇu Purāṇa describes the trials of exemplary devotees, the existential struggles between gods and demons, and the exploits of legendary cultural heroes. It also contains many ecstatic songs of praise for the deity. The ever-popular accounts of Kṛṣṇa's love games with the cattle-herding girls of Vṛṇdāvana, which have proliferated in literature, dance, song and visual arts over the millennia, are found here in authoritative form. This faithful yet fluent blank-verse rendering of this great Hindu classic is the first new English translation in nearly 200 years. It will be welcomed by the scholarly community, while remaining readily accessible to a general readership.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HR Religion & beliefs::HRG Hinduism
dc.subject.otherViṣṇu
dc.subject.otherPurāṇa
dc.subject.otherVishnu
dc.subject.otherVishnupurana
dc.subject.otherHunduism
dc.titleThe Visnu Purana
dc.title.alternativeAncient Annals of the God with Lotus Eyes
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.22459/VP.2021
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy975ba519-3ce2-4517-95bf-b847729fbcf1
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_nameANU Press
virtual.oapen_relation_isPublishedBy.publisher_websitehttp://press.anu.edu.au
oapen.relation.isbn9781760464417
oapen.imprintANU Press Languages
oapen.pages578
oapen.place.publicationCanberra


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