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Songs of Ecstasy : Tantric and Devotional Songs from Colonial Bengal - Hugh B. Urban

Songs of Ecstasy

Tantric and Devotional Songs from Colonial Bengal

Paperback Published: 1st July 2001
ISBN: 9780195139013
Number Of Pages: 200

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This book offers the first English translation of a body of highly esoteric, mystical poetry and songs associated with the Khartabhajas, a Bengali sect devoted to Tantrism. The period from the late 18th to the early 19th century, during which these lyrics were written, was an era of change, experimentation, and transition from the older medieval styles to the new literary forms of "modern" Bengal. The highly original songs presented here are an important part of this transitional period, reflecting the search for new literary forms and experimentation in new poetic styles.

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"This volume will be of interest to those interested in the dynamics between religious traditions and the rise of colonialism, along with students of poetry, tantra, Vaishnavism in Bengal and those engaged in Subaltern Studies. The translations are clear, expressive, and sensitive in diction and style."-- Chicago South Asia Newsletter

A Note (Or Apology) on Transliteration
Translator's note: "The Secret Mastery of Difference"
The Spirituality of the Subalern: The Historical Context and Literary Significance of the Songs of Ecstasy
From the Songs of Ecstasy: Select Translations from the Bhaver Gita
The Language of the Mint: Manulal Misra's Collection of Mint Sayings
Songs from the Secret Marketplace: Other Kartabhaja Songs from Various Sources
Kartabhaja: A Satirical Poem by Dasarathi Ray
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ISBN: 9780195139013
ISBN-10: 0195139011
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st July 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.21 x 14.58  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.32