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Tantric visions of the divine feminine : the ten mahāvidyās

Author: David R Kinsley
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Hindu pantheon is rich in images of the divine feminine--deities representing a wide range of symbolic, social, and meditative meanings. This book documents a highly unusual group of ten Hindu tantric goddesses, the Mahavidyas, many of whom are strongly associated with sexuality and violence. What is one to make of a goddess who cuts her own head off, or one who prefers sex with a corpse? The Mahavidyas embody  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David R Kinsley
ISBN: 0520204980 9780520204980 0520204999 9780520204997 0520053931 9780520053939
OCLC Number: 35110166
Description: x, 318 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pt. I. The Mahavidyas as a Group --
Pt. II. The Individual Mahavidyas. Kali: The Black Goddess. Tara: The Goddess Who Guides through Troubles. Tripura-sundari: She Who Is Lovely in the Three Worlds. Bhuvanesvari: She Whose Body Is the World. Chinnamasta: The Self-Decapitated Goddess. Bhairavi: The Fierce One. Dhumavati: The Widow Goddess. Bagalamukhi: The Paralyzer. Matangi: The Outcaste Goddess. Kamala: The Lotus Goddess --
Pt. III. Concluding Reflections.
Responsibility: David Kinsley.
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The Hindu pantheon is rich in images of the divine feminine - deities representing a wide range of symbolic, social, and meditative meanings. This book documents a highly unusual group of ten Hindu  Read more...

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