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The goddess in Hindu-Tantric traditions : Devi as corpse

Author: Anway Mukhopadhyay
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2018.
Series: Routledge studies in Asian religion and philosophy, 23
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"The Great Goddess, in her various puranic and tantric forms, is often figured as sitting on a corpse which is identified as Shiva-as-shava (God Shiva, the consort of the Devi and an iconic representation of the Absolute without attributes, the Nirguna Brahman). Hence, most of the existing critical works and ethnographic studies on Shaktism and the tantras have focused on the theological and symbolic paraphernalia  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(DLC) 2018001285
(OCoLC)1012347378
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anway Mukhopadhyay
ISBN: 9781351063548 1351063545 9781351063524 1351063529 9781351063531 1351063537 9781351063517 1351063510
OCLC Number: 1033575492
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Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 The human death, the divine corpse; 2 Reinterpreting the myth of Sati: the devoted husband and the corpse of his wife; 3 Dismemberment as pluralization: the scattering of Sati's body parts and the self-pluralization of Shiva; 4 The Shakti pithas: the active corpse, the immanent Shakti and the sacred geography of Shaktism; 5 Shava sadhana: who is the corpse? Shiva or Shakti?; 6 Placing the Devi's corpse on the shore of a thousand streams: a multicultural and comparativist reading of the Devi-as-corpse. 7 Shava-rupa and vishva-rupa: the corpse form and the cosmic form of the DeviAppendix I A brief outline of the narrative of Sati in the Mahabhagavata Upapurana; Appendix II The narrative of Sati in the Brihaddharmapurana: a summary; Appendix III An outline of the narrative of Sati in Bharatchandra's Annadamangal Kavya; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Routledge studies in Asian religion and philosophy, 23
Responsibility: Anway Mukhopadhyay.

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"The Great Goddess, in her various puranic and tantric forms, is often figured as sitting on a corpse which is identified as Shiva-as-shava (God Shiva, the consort of the Devi and an iconic representation of the Absolute without attributes, the Nirguna Brahman). Hence, most of the existing critical works and ethnographic studies on Shaktism and the tantras have focused on the theological and symbolic paraphernalia of the corpses which operate as the asanas (seats) of the Devi in her various iconographies. This book explores the figurations of the Goddess as corpse in several Hindu puranic and Shakta-tantric texts, popular practices, folk belief systems, legends and various other cultural phenomena based on this motif. It deals with a more intricate and fundamental issue than existing works on the subject: how and why is the Devi herself - figured as a corpse in the Shakta texts, belief systems and folk practices associated with the tantras? The issues which have been raised in this book include: how does death become a complement to life within this religious epistemology? How does one learn to live with death, thereby lending new definitions and new epistemic and existential dimensions to life and death? And what is the relation between death and gender within this kind of figuration of the Goddess as death and dead body? Analysing multiple mythic narratives, hymns and scriptural texts where the Devi herself is said to take the form of the Shava (the corpse) as well as the Shakti who animates dead matter, this book focuses not only on the concept of the theological equivalence of the Shava (Shiva as corpse) and the Shakti (Energy) in tantras but also on the status of the Divine Mother as the Great Bridge between the apparently irreconcilable opposites, the mediatrix between Spirit and Matter, death and life, existence-in-stasis and existence-in-kinesis. This book makes an important contribution to the fields of Hindu Studies, Goddess Spirituality, South Asian Religions, Women and Religion, India, Studies in Shaktism and Tantra, Cross-cultural Religious Studies, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Spirituality and Ecofeminism."--Provided by publisher.

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