Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams: Kali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal

Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams: Kali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal

by Rachel Fell McDermott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195134354

ISBN-13: 9780195134353

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book chronicles the rise of goddess worship in the region of Bengal from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present. Focusing on the goddesses Kali and Uma, McDermott examines lyrical poems written by devotees from Ramprasad Sen (ca. 1718-1775) to Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976).  See more details below

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This book chronicles the rise of goddess worship in the region of Bengal from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present. Focusing on the goddesses Kali and Uma, McDermott examines lyrical poems written by devotees from Ramprasad Sen (ca. 1718-1775) to Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195134353
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Notes on Transliteration
Introduction3
Pt. IThe Lives and Contexts of Sakta Poets
1The Historical Background in Bengal15
2Building Fences with Kali: Ramprasad Sen and the Popularization of the Tantric Goddess37
3"Born in Ramprasad's Line to Revive Bhakti": Sadhaka Kamalakanta84
4Inheritors of Tradition: Floating in the Sakta Stream128
Pt. IIThe Changing Genre of Sakta Poetry
5Setting the Literary and Religious Scene in Eighteenth-Century Bengal161
6Dancing on the Heart-Lotus: Kali and the Ramprasad of Bengali Literature176
7Keeping the Legacy Alive: Kamalakanta Bhattacarya and the Sakta Padavali Tradition204
8"Ma, Come and Stay Awhile": Kali and Uma in Eighteenth-to Twentieth-Century Bengali Poetry232
Conclusion: Bhakti's Balm in Bengal286
Glossary305
Notes317
Bibliography411
Index423

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