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Devī-māhātmya : the crystallization of the goddess tradition

Author: Thomas B Coburn
Publisher: Delhi : Motilal Banarsidass, 1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The Devi-Mahatmya is well-known to both devotees and scholars of the Indian Great Goddess. The central task in this study is to explore how an anonymous Sanskrit text articulates a view of ultimate reality as feminine when there is virtually no precedent in the Sanskrit for such a view. To accomplish this task, an appropriate method of scriptural analysis is developed. This involves an examination of Hindu  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Coburn, Thomas B.
Devī-māhātmya.
Delhi : Motilal Banarsidass, 1984
(OCoLC)606202762
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas B Coburn
ISBN: 0836408675 9780836408676
OCLC Number: 11897486
Description: xvi, 362 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Thomas B. Coburn ; with a foreword by Daniel H.H. Ingalls.

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The Devi-Mahatmya is well-known to both devotees and scholars of the Indian Great Goddess. The central task in this study is to explore how an anonymous Sanskrit text articulates a view of ultimate reality as feminine when there is virtually no precedent in the Sanskrit for such a view. To accomplish this task, an appropriate method of scriptural analysis is developed. This involves an examination of Hindu understanding of the Puranas and of the Devi-Mahatmya in particular, along with consideration of several recent scholarly discussions, in India and elsewhere. The study culminates in annotated translations of the text's hymns.

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