Encountering the Goddess: A Translation of the Devl-Mahatmya and a Study of Its Interpretation / Edition 1

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Coburn (religious studies and classical languages, St. Lawrence U.) provides a new translation from the Sanskrit of this 1,500-year-old text, and illuminates the process by which it became the best known Goddess-text in modern India, deeply embedded in the ritual of Goddess worship (especially in Tantra). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791404461
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1991
  • Series: SUNY Series in Hindu Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

PART I: The Text in Its Context

2. The Historical Setting

1. Introduction
2. Sanskrit and Sanskritization
3. The Names of the Goddess
4. The Myths in the Devi-Mahatmya
5. The Divine Protector or Protectress

3. The Text in Translation

1. A Note on the Translation
2. The Translation

Part II: Encounters With the Goddess

4. The Legacy of a Text

5. Encounter with the Text I--The Ritual and Philosophy of the Angas

1. Introduction
2. The Armor, the Stopper, the Bolt: Kavaca, Argala, and Kilaka
3. The Secrets Pertaining to Primordial Matters, Subsequent Modifications, and Forms: The Pradhanika, Vaikrtika, and Murti Rahasyas

6. Encounter with the Text II--The Commentaries

1. Introduction
2. Bhaskararaya and Nagoji Bhatta
3. Bhaskararaya's Guptavati: "Containing What is Hidden"
4. Comparative Considerations

7. Encounters in the Contemporary World

1. Introduction
2. Scholar and Translator
3. Pujari and Professor
4. "Standing at the Feet of the Mother"
5. Conclusion

Appendix: Translation of the Angas

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