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The Mysterious Play of Kali: An Interpretive Study of Ramakrishna (Studies in Religion)
by Carl Olson
Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: An American Academy of Religion Book
Weight: 0.49 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.96 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 1555403409
ISBN 13: 9781555403409
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Ramakrishna was a nineteenth century Bengali devotee of Kali, the Hindu goddess of death and destruction. He assumed the demeanor and dress of a woman, acted like a monkey, a child, a madman, and a comedian at various times during his career. Using the concept of play (lila), as both spontaneous activity and dramatic performance on behalf of Kali, Carl Olson provides a interpretive key for unlocking Ramakrishna's life and his often contradictory forms of behavior. Olson places Ramakrishna in his social and historical context, examines his relationship to women, and investigates his status as a mystery or stranger to his contemporaries.


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