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Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine: The Ten Mahavidyas

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The Hindu pantheon is rich in images of the divine feminine—deities representing a wide range of symbolic, social, and meditative meanings. David Kinsley's new book documents a highly unusual group of ten Hindu tantric goddesses, the Mahavidyas, many of whom are strongly associated with sexuality and violence. What is one to make of a goddess who cuts her own head off, or one who prefers sex with a corpse? The Mahavidyas embody habits, attributes, or identities usually considered repulsive or socially subversive and can be viewed as "antimodels" for women. Yet it is within the context of tantric worship that devotees seek to identify themselves with these forbidding goddesses. The Mahavidyas seem to function as "awakeners"—symbols which help to project one's consciousness beyond the socially acceptable or predictable.

Drawing on a broad range of Sanskrit and vernacular texts as well as extensive research in India, including written and oral interpretations of contemporary Hindu practitioners, Kinsley describes the unusual qualities of each of the Mahavidyas and traces the parallels between their underlying themes. Especially valuable are the many rare and fascinating images he presents—each important to grasping the significance of the goddesses. Written in an accessible, engaging style, Kinsley's book provides a comprehensive understanding of the Mahavidyas and is also an overview of Hindu tantric practice.

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"A far-ranging and impressively comprehensive book with exemplary iconographic analyses. Kinsley has drawn together a group of rare, stunning, and fascinating images."—Miranda Shaw, author of Passionate Enlightenment

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-297) and index.

About the Author

David Kinsley is Professor of Religion at McMaster University, Canada. He is the author of Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition (California, 1985), and The Sword and the Flute: Kali and Krisna, Dark Visions of the Terrible and Sublime in Hindu Mythology (California, 1975).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520204997
Author:
Kinsley, David
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Theology and philosophy
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Spirituality - Women's
Subject:
Tantrism
Subject:
Goddesses, hindu
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Religion-Eastern - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19970831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
55
Pages:
289
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 15 oz

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