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Hindu goddesses : visions of the divine feminine in the Hindu religious tradition

Author: David R Kinsley
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1988.
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Goddess worship has long been a significant aspect of Hinduism. In this book David Kinsley, author of The Sword and the Flute - Kali & Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology, sorts out the rich yet often chaotic history of Hindu goddess worship.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David R Kinsley
ISBN: 0520053931 9780520053939 0520063392 9780520063396
OCLC Number: 20705961
Description: viii, 281 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface to the 1997 Printing Introduction 1. Goddesses in Vedic literature Usas Prthivl Aditi Sarasvatl Vac Nirrti Ratri Minor Vedic Goddesses Conclusion 2. Sri-Lak~mi The Early History of Sri-Lak~ml Sri-Lak~ml in Later Hinduism Sri-Lak~ml in the Pancaratra and Sri Vai~r;tava Schools The Worship of Sri-Laksmi 3. Parvatl Early References to Parvatl The Mythology of Sati The Mythology of Parvatl Tension and Resolution Devotion and Grace 4. Sarasvati Sarasvati as a River Sarasvati in Later Hinduism 5. Sila The Early History of Slta Kings and the Fertility of the Earth The Ideal Wife Ideal Devotee and Intermediary 6. Radha The Early History of Radha The Gop!Tradition Radha as Belonging to Another (Paraklya) Radha as Belonging to Kn*Da (Svak!ya) 7. Durga The Warrior Goddess The Worship of Durga 8. Kall Early History The Later History and the Significance of Kall 9. The Mahadevl Central Theological and Philosophical Characteristics Mythological Characteristics and Functions Auspicious and Terrible Forms 10. The Matrkas The Early History of the Matrkas The Matrkas in the Later Tradition 11. Tara, Chinnamasta, and the Mahavidyas The Mahavidyas Tara Chinnamasta 12. Goddesses and Sacred Geography Earth as a Goddess/ India as a Goddess The Sakta Ptthas The Ganges and the Sacrality of Rivers 13. Village Goddesses The Local Rootedness of the Village Goddesses Mythological Themes Festivals Death, Disease, and Ambivalence Appendix: The Indus Valley Civilization Notes Bibliography Index
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