Binding: Paperback Dewey Decimal Number: 294.5550924 EAN: 9781555403409 ISBN: 1555403409 Label: An American Academy of Religion Book Manufacturer: An American Academy of Religion Book Number Of Items: 1 Number Of Pages: 144 Publication Date: 1990-01-02 Publisher: An American Academy of Religion Book Studio: An American Academy of Religion Book
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.