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By Barbara A. Holdrege

The old shift from Vedic traditions to post-Vedic bhakti (devotional) traditions is followed via a shift from summary, translocal notions of divinity to particularized, localized notions of divinity and a corresponding shift from aniconic to iconic traditions and from transitority sacrificial arenas to tested temple websites. In Bhakti and Embodiment Barbara Holdrege argues that a few of the variations that represent this old shift are an instantaneous final result of newly rising discourses of the physique in bhakti traditions within which structures of divine embodiment proliferate, celebrating the idea deity, whereas last translocal, can seem in manifold corporeal varieties in several occasions and diverse localities on assorted planes of lifestyles. Holdrege means that an exploration of the connections among bhakti and embodiment is necessary not just to illuminating the unique ameliorations that signify the emergence of bhakti traditions but additionally to figuring out the myriad varieties that bhakti has traditionally assumed as much as the current time.

This research is anxious extra particularly with the multileveled versions of embodiment and platforms of physically practices during which divine our bodies and devotional our bodies are shaped in Krsna bhakti traditions and focuses specifically on case stories: the Bhagavata Purana, the consummate textual monument to Vaisnava bhakti, which expresses a particular type of passionate and ecstatic bhakti that is exotic by means of its embodied nature; and the Gaudiya Vaisnava culture, a massive bhakti tradition inspired through the Bengali chief Caitanya within the 16th century, which articulates a powerful discourse of embodiment touching on the divine our bodies of Krsna and the devotional our bodies of Krsna bhaktas that's grounded within the canonical authority of the Bhagavata Purana.

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