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Songs of EcstasyTantric and Devotional Songs from Colonial Bengal$
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Hugh B. Urban

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195139011.001.0001

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From the Songs of Ecstasy

From the Songs of Ecstasy

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(p.38) II From the Songs of Ecstasy
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Songs of Ecstasy
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DOI:10.1093/0195139011.003.0003

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

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