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Singing to the Goddess: Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal

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This vibrant collection presents 145 brief Bengali lyric poems dedicated to the Hindu goddesses Kali and Uma. These poems--many of which are presented here for the first time in English translation--were written from the early eighteenth century up to the contemporary period. They represent the unique Bengali tradition of goddess worship (Saktism) as it developed over this period. Included are forty poems by the most famous of all Sakta poets, Ramprasad Sen (c.1718-1775) and ten lyrics by the renowned 20th-century poet Kaji Najrul Islam. McDermott's lucid introduction places these works in their historical context and shows how images of the goddesses evolved over the centuries. Her lively translations of these poetic lyrics evoke the passion and devotion of the followers of Kali and Uma and shed light on the history and practice of goddess worship.

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Rachel McDermott is Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195134346
Author:
McDermott, Rachel Fell
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Rachel Fell
Author:
McDermott, Rachel Fell
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Inspirational & Religious
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Theology | Hinduism
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Hinduism
Subject:
Kåalåi (Hindu deity) -- Poetry.
Subject:
Parvati (Hindu deity) -- Poetry.
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Hinduism
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes discography (p. 181-182) and index.
Series Volume:
vol. 31
Publication Date:
20010331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 halftones
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.900 x 5.800 in 0.700 lb

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