Songs of Ecstasy: Tantric and Devotional Songs from Colonial Bengal

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Religion - 187 pages
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This book offers the first English translation of a body of highly esoteric, mystical poetry and songs associated with the Khartabhajas, a Bengali sect devoted to Tantrism. The period from the late 18th to the early 19th century, during which these lyrics were written, was an era of change, experimentation, and transition from the older medieval styles to the new literary forms of "modern" Bengal. The highly original songs presented here are an important part of this transitional period, reflecting the search for new literary forms and experimentation in new poetic styles.
 

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Contents

The Secret Mastery of Difference
3
The Spirituality of the Subaltern The Historical Context and Literary Significance of the Songs of Ecstasy
6
From the Songs of Ecstasy Select Translations from the Bh257ver G299ta
38
The Language of the Mint Manul257l Miśras Collection of Mint Sayings
111
Songs from the Secret Marketplace Other Kart257bhaj257 Songs from Various Sources
120
Kart257bhaj257 A Satirical Poem by D257śarath299 R257y
141
NOTES
153
BIBLIOGRAPHY
177
INDEX
183
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Hugh B. Urban is at Ohio State University.

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