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Heroic Shāktism the cult of Durgā in ancient Indian kingship

Author: Bihani Sarkar
Publisher: Oxford Oxford University Press 2017
Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Heroic 'Saktism' is the belief that a good king and a true warrior must worship the goddess Durga, the form and substance of kingship. This belief formed the bedrock of ancient Indian practices of cultivating political power. Wildly dangerous and serenely benevolent at one and the same time, the goddess's charismatic split nature promised rewards for a hero and king and success in risky ventures. This book is the  Read more...
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Named Person: Durga; Krieger
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bihani Sarkar
ISBN: 019726610X 9780197266106
OCLC Number: 1022118795
Accession No: (DE-576)49098147X (DE-599)BSZ49098147X
Description: xiii, 295 pages
Contents: PART 1: BEGINNINGS; PART 2: SYNTHESIS; PART 3: BELIEF SYSTEMS AND RITUALS
Series Title: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs
Responsibility: by Bihani Sarkar

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The first expansive historical treatment of the development of the cult of the Indian warrior goddess Durga, from the 3rd to the 12th centuries CE, as she transformed from a wild, antinomian deity to  Read more...

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