Univ of New York Press Examines the legendary life and poetic works of Ramprasad, the eighteenth-century Bengali devotee of the Goddess, whose songs were influential in his own time and remain popular today.
Book News Deconstructs from early biographies the life of the 18th-century Bengali poet and religious adept who was important in the revival of worship for the Goddess when the previously dominant Vaisnavism was beginning to decline in popularity. Finds little historical documentation, but much legendary material and a form modeled on the life of the earlier saint Caitanya. Also analyzes some 350 songs by Ramprasad, showing how he combined the classical Puranic Goddess tradition, elements from the indigenous Bengali folk goddesses, and previously underground and esoteric Tantric practices. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.