A Revolution in Kṛṣṇaism: The Cult of Gopāla

  title={A Revolution in Kṛṣṇaism: The Cult of Gopāla},
  author={Norvin Hein},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={296 - 317}
  • Norvin Hein
  • Published 1 May 1986
  • History
  • History of Religions
Beginning about A.D. 300 a mutation occurred in Vaisnava mythology in which the ideals of the Krsna worshipers were turned upside down. The Harivamsa Purana, which was composed at about that time, related in thirty-one chapters (chaps. 47-78) the childhood of Krsna that he had spent among the cowherds.1 The tales had never been told in Hindu literature before. As new as the narratives themselves was their implicit theology. The old adoration of Krsna as moral preceptor went into a long… 
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