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Divine descent and the four world-ages in the Mahābhārata – or, why does the Krsna Avatara inaugurate the worst yuga?

Brodbeck, Simon ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8517-8665 2022. Divine descent and the four world-ages in the Mahābhārata – or, why does the Krsna Avatara inaugurate the worst yuga? Cardiff: Cardiff University Press. 10.18573/book9

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Abstract

In the theology of the Sanskrit Mahābhārata, divine descent is said to improve the world. But the Mahābhārata war, which Viṣṇu descended to effect, moved the world into its most dismal age. This monograph discusses that paradox, focusing on the roles of the suffering Earth and the ancient audiences.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISBN: 978-1-911653-43-1
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 October 2022
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2022 12:46
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/153488

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