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Comparative Studies in Religion and Society #7: Devi: Goddesses of India

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The monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have severely limited the portrayal of the divine as feminine. But in Hinduism "God" very often means "Goddess." This extraordinary collection explores twelve different Hindu goddesses, all of whom are in some way related to Devi, the Great Goddess. They range from the liquid goddess-energy of the River Ganges to the possessing, entrancing heat of Bhagavati and Seranvali. They are local, like Vindhyavasini, and global, like Kali; ancient, like Saranyu, and modern, like "Mother India." The collection combines analysis of texts with intensive fieldwork, allowing the reader to see how goddesses are worshiped in everyday life. In these compelling essays, the divine feminine in Hinduism is revealed as never before—fascinating, contradictory, powerful.

Synopsis:

"Demonstrating the range and complexity of feminine imagery in Hindu tradition, Devi offers to scholars and beginners alike a fascinating and useful anthology."—Elaine Pagels, author Gnostic Gospels

"Thought-provoking and new, yet containing a few classics as well, Devi is a most valuable addition to studies of India—society, religion, culture, and art."—Vidya Dehejia, Smithsonian Institution

"A wonderfully informative group of essays about the main goddess figures of India. These sometimes dominate the male and sometimes stand alone, and they range from the fertile river Ganga to the awesome Kali, who is transforming herself in the West."—Ninian Smart, University of California, Santa Barbara

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p.329-340) and index.

About the Author

John S. Hawley is Professor of Religion at Barnard College and Director of the the National Resource Center for South Asia at Columbia University. Donna M. Wulff is Professor of Religion at Brown University. Together they edited The Divine Consort: Radha and the Goddesses of India (1986).

Table of Contents

Thomas B. Coburn, Devi: The Great Goddess

Cynthia Ann Humes, Vindhyavasini: Local Goddess yet Great Goddess

David R. Kinsley, Kali: Blood and Death Out of Place

Vasudha Narayanan, Sri: Giver of Fortune, Bestower of Grace

Donna M. Wulff, Radha: Consort and Conqueror of Krishna

Diana L. Eck, Ganga: The Goddess Ganges in Hindu Sacred Geography

Wendy Doniger, Saranyu/Samjña: The Sun and the Shadow

Kathleen M. Erndl, Seranvali: The Mother Who Possesses

Sarah Caldwell, Bhagavati: Ball of Fire

Lindsey Harlan, Sati: The Story of Godavari

Lise McKean, Bharat Mata: Mother India and Her Militant, Matriots

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520200586
Editor:
Hawley, John Stratton
Editor:
Wulff, Donna M.
Editor:
Hawley, John Stratton
Editor:
Wulff, Donna M.
Author:
Wulff, Donna Marie
Author:
Hawley, John Stratton
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Goddesses, hindu
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Hindu goddesses
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society (Paperback)
Series Volume:
n:o 957
Publication Date:
19960731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
373
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 20 oz

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"Demonstrating the range and complexity of feminine imagery in Hindu tradition, Devi offers to scholars and beginners alike a fascinating and useful anthology."—Elaine Pagels, author Gnostic Gospels

"Thought-provoking and new, yet containing a few classics as well, Devi is a most valuable addition to studies of India—society, religion, culture, and art."—Vidya Dehejia, Smithsonian Institution

"A wonderfully informative group of essays about the main goddess figures of India. These sometimes dominate the male and sometimes stand alone, and they range from the fertile river Ganga to the awesome Kali, who is transforming herself in the West."—Ninian Smart, University of California, Santa Barbara

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