From the Songs of Ecstasy

Hugh B. Urban

in Songs of Ecstasy

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139013
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871674 | DOI:
 From the Songs of Ecstasy

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A series of select translations is presented from the Bhāver Gīta, the main song text of the Kartābhajās, a Bengali sect devoted to Tantra in colonial Calcutta, Bengal. The author has chosen the songs that he considers most significant and organized them under thematic headings: Company songs, Songs of the marketplace, Songs of mystical belief and esoteric practice, Songs of lust and love, and Other songs of faith and worship. Each set of songs is introduced by explanatory text.

Keywords: Bengal; Bhāver Gīta; colonialism; culture; esotericism; faith; India; Kartābhajās; love; lust; mysticism; religion; secrecy; sects; social ideals; songs; spirituality; subalterns; Tantrism; translations; worship

Chapter.  26251 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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