Krishna, The Butter Thief

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Princeton University Press, Jul 14, 2014 - Religion - 440 pages

The author traces the development of the theme of Krishna as butter thief from its earliest appearance in literature and art until the present. He focuses on the dramas (ras lilas) of Krishna's native Braj and on the Sur Sagar, a collection of verse attributed to the sixteenth-century poet Sur Das that is as familiar to Hindi speakers as Mother Goose is to us.

Originally published in 1983.

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Contents

Part I Before Sūr Dās
19
Part II The Sūr Sāgar
97
Part III The Rās Līlās
179
Part IV Interpretation
259
Appendix A Tables of Krsnacarita Sculptures to 1500 AD
311
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