Devi: Goddesses of India / Edition 1

Devi: Goddesses of India / Edition 1

by John Stratton Hawley, Donna M. (Ed.) Wulff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520200586

ISBN-13: 9780520200586

Pub. Date: 07/01/1996

Publisher: University of California Press

"Demonstrating the range and complexity of feminine imagery in Hindu tradition, Devi offers to scholars and beginners alike a fascinating and useful anthology."-Elaine Pagels, author Gnostic Gospels

"Thought-provoking and new, yet containing a few classics as well, Devi is a most valuable addition to studies of India-society, religion, culture, and art."-Vidya

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"Demonstrating the range and complexity of feminine imagery in Hindu tradition, Devi offers to scholars and beginners alike a fascinating and useful anthology."-Elaine Pagels, author Gnostic Gospels

"Thought-provoking and new, yet containing a few classics as well, Devi is a most valuable addition to studies of India-society, religion, culture, and art."-Vidya Dehejia, Smithsonian Institution

"A wonderfully informative group of essays about the main goddess figures of India. These sometimes dominate the male and sometimes stand alone, and they range from the fertile river Ganga to the awesome Kali, who is transforming herself in the West."-Ninian Smart, University of California, Santa Barbara

Author Biography: John S. Hawley is Professor of Religion at Barnard College and Director of the the National Resource Center for South Asia at Columbia University. Donna M. Wulff is Professor of Religion at Brown University. Together they edited The Divine Consort: Radha and the Goddesses of India (1986).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520200586
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/01/1996
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
373
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration and Pronunciation
Prologue / The Goddess in India1
Pt. 1Goddess as Supreme and Goddess as Consort29
Devi / The Great Goddess31
Vindhyavasini / Local Goddess yet Great Goddess49
Kali / Blood and Death Out of Place77
Sri / Giver of Fortune, Bestower of Grace87
Radha / Consort Conquerer of Krishma109
Pt. 2Goddesses Who Mother and Possess135
Ganga / The Goddess Ganges in Hindu Sacred Geography137
Saranyu / Samjna / The Sun and the Shadow154
Seranvali / The Mother Who Possesses173
Bhagayati / Ball of Fire195
Sati / The Story of Godavari227
Bharat Mata / Mother India and Her Militant Matriots250
Epilogue / The Western Kali281
Glossary315
Bibliography329
List of Contributors341
Index345

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