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Revelry, rivalry, and longing for the goddesses of Bengal : the fortunes of Hindu festivals

Author: Rachel Fell McDermott
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press New York, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Annually during the months of autumn, Bengal hosts three interlinked festivals to honor its most important goddesses: Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri. While each of these deities possesses a distinct iconography, myth, and character, they are all martial. Durga, Kali and Jagaddhatri often demand blood sacrifice as part of their worship and offer material and spiritual benefits to their votaries. Richly represented in  Read more...
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Named Person: Kali, Göttin; Durga; Śākti.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Fell McDermott
ISBN: 9780231129183 0231129181 9780231129190 023112919X 9780231527873 023152787X
OCLC Number: 634739827
Description: xviii, 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pūjā origins and elite politics --
The goddess in colonial and postcolonial history --
Durgā the daughter : folk and familial traditions --
The artistry of Durgā and Jagaddhātrī --
Durgā on the Titanic : politics and religion in the Pūjā --
The "orientalist Kālī" : a Tantric icon comes alive --
Approaches to Kālī Pūjā in Bengal --
Controversies and the goddess --
Deva in the diaspora --
Appendix : an overview of the press in Bengal up to 1947.
Responsibility: Rachel Fell McDermott.

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Annually during the months of autumn, Bengal hosts three interlinked festivals to honor its most important goddesses: Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri. While each of these deities possesses a distinct iconography, myth, and character, they are all martial. Durga, Kali and Jagaddhatri often demand blood sacrifice as part of their worship and offer material and spiritual benefits to their votaries. Richly represented in straw, clay, paint, and decoration, they are similarly displayed in elaborately festooned temples, thronged by thousands of admirers.

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