publication . Article . 2020

The Carving of Kṛṣṇa’s Legend: North and South, Back and Forth

Charlotte Schmid;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Sep 2020
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
Abstract
<jats:p>This paper emphasizes the role played by the sculptural tradition in the elaboration of religious narratives that today are mostly studied through texts. It aims to demonstrate that according to the documents we know, the legend of Kṛṣṇa has been built through one continuous dialogue between different media, namely texts and carvings, and different linguistic areas, Indo-Aryan and Dravidian. Taking the motif of the butter theft as a basis, we stress the role played by the sculptural tradition and Tamil poetry, two elements less studied than others, at the foundation of a pan-Indian Kṛṣṇa-oriented heritage. We posit that the iconographic formula of the co...
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free text keywords: [SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences, [SHS.HIST]Humanities and Social Sciences/History, Tamil Caṅkam, visual tradition, Kṛṣṇa’s legend, Bhāgavata-purāṇa, Harivaṃśa, Divyaprabandham, lcsh:Religions. Mythology. Rationalism, lcsh:BL1-2790, History, Tamil, language.human_language, language, Poetry, Legend, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Literature, business.industry, business, Sanskrit, Narrative, Motif (music), Carving, Tamil literature
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