Encountering Kali / Edition 1

Encountering Kali / Edition 1

by Rachel Fell McDermott, Jeffrey J. Kripal
     
 


"The editors have assembled a South Asian/History of Religions dream team, and the result is a book that captures the sexy, gory power of the dark goddess who is the most exciting of all Hindu deities-and perhaps the most controversial and notorious of all deities. Academically profound and theoretically subtle, these essays are also vivid and juicy."—Wendy… See more details below

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"The editors have assembled a South Asian/History of Religions dream team, and the result is a book that captures the sexy, gory power of the dark goddess who is the most exciting of all Hindu deities-and perhaps the most controversial and notorious of all deities. Academically profound and theoretically subtle, these essays are also vivid and juicy."—Wendy Doniger, author of The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade

"If any subject ever called for a book of many parts, it is Kali. These original and provocative essays, well chosen and thoughtfully organized, point to all sides of the Goddess's character. The result is a sharp and challenging book-the essential starting point for a new century of encountering Kali."—John Stratton Hawley, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Religion, Columbia University and co-editor of Devi: Goddesses of India

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520232402
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
1,238,968
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
About the Cover Art and Chapter Silhouettes
Notes on Transliteration
Introducing Kali Studies

PART I. KALI IN THE TEXTS AND CONTEXTS OF SOUTH ASIA
1. Kali
2. Kali the Terrific and Her Tests: The Sakta Devotionalism of the Mahabhagavata Purana
3. The Domestication of a Goddess: Carana-tirtha Kalighat, the Mahapitha of Kali
4. Dominating Kali: Hindu Family Values and Tantric Power
5. Kali in a Context of Terror: The Tasks of a Goddess in Sri Lanka's Civil War
6. Kali Mayi: Myth and Reality in a Banaras Ghetto

PART II. KALI IN WESTERN SETTINGS, WESTERN DISCOURSES
7. Wrestling with Kali: South Asian and British Constructions of the Dark Goddess
8. "India's Darkest Heart": Kali in the Colonial Imagination
9. Why the Tantrika Is a Hero: Kali in the Psychoanalytic Tradition
10. Doing the Mother's Caribbean Work: On Shakti and Society in Contemporary Trinidad
11. Margins at the Center: Tracing Kali through Time, Space, and Culture
12. Kali's New Frontiers: A Hindu Goddess on the Internet

Appendix: Documentary Film and Video Resources for Teaching on Kali and Fierce Goddesses
Sarah Caldwell
Contributors
Select Bibliography
Index

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