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Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Studies: Mapping the Field

Issue: Vol 9 No. 3 (2015)

Journal: Religions of South Asia

Subject Areas: Religious Studies Buddhist Studies Islamic Studies

DOI: 10.1558/rosa.v9i3.32197


Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism, which traces its origins to the ecstatic Bengali Kṛṣṇa devotee, Kṛṣṇa Caitanya (1486–1533), has indelibly shaped the socioreligious landscape of Bengal and significantly impacted other regions of the Indian subcontinent, such as Orissa, Bihar, Assam, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. The present article provides a current map of the field of the study of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava tradition, from its inception to the early twentieth century, based largely on recent critical English-language scholarship. Adopting a thematic historical approach, it highlights the contextual specificity of recent scholarship and provides a heuristic framework for understanding the tradition and its historical dynamics.

Author: Lucian Wong

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