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The monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have severely limited the portrayal of the divine as feminine. But in Hinduism "God" very often means "Goddess." This extraordinary collection explores twelve different Hindu goddesses, all of whom are in some way related to Devi, the Great Goddess. They range from the liquid goddess-energy of the River Ganges to the possessing, entrancing heat of Bhagavati and Seranvali. They are local, like Vindhyavasini, and global, like Kali; ancient, like Saranyu, and modern, like "Mother
India." The collection combines analysis of texts with intensive fieldwork, allowing the reader to see how goddesses are worshiped in everyday life.
In these compelling essays, the divine feminine in Hinduism is revealed as never before—fascinating, contradictory, powerful.
Thomas B. Coburn, Devi: The Great Goddess
Cynthia Ann Humes, Vindhyavasini: Local Goddess yet Great Goddess
David R. Kinsley, Kali: Blood and Death Out of Place
Vasudha Narayanan, Sri: Giver of Fortune, Bestower of Grace
Donna M. Wulff, Radha: Consort and Conqueror of Krishna
Diana L. Eck, Ganga: The Goddess Ganges in Hindu Sacred Geography
Wendy Doniger, Saranyu/Samjña: The Sun and the Shadow
Kathleen M. Erndl, Seranvali: The Mother Who Possesses
Sarah Caldwell, Bhagavati: Ball of Fire
Lindsey Harlan, Sati: The Story of Godavari
Lise McKean, Bharat Mata: Mother
India and Her Militant, Matriots