Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

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| Editors: David A. Leeming

Braj Poetry

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200247-1


The taxonomy of the romantic heroine in the Braj poetry is extended and elaborated. The nomenclature employed for each kind is descriptive and far beyond the regular, hackneyed girlfriend, lover, beloved, sweetheart, and darling type. The Braj poetic expressions not only inform us about romantic or sexual relationship between two lovers, married or unmarried, but also express their psychological states of mind. The taxonomy follows a pattern that was well established in the Bhagavata and Gita Govinda and further mastered and reached to its perfection in the hands of Keshavdas and others. The Braj poetic expressions also reflect the religious overtone in its backdrop. The Hindu god and goddess, i.e., Krishna, Radha, and Gopis, are actually metaphors for lovers and beloved. This chapter focuses on the psychological and religious aspects of the romantic heroine and analyzes her moods, manipulation, persona, and psyche enveloped in the Braj poetry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Languages and LiteratureShri Mata Vaishno Devi UniversityKatraIndia