The Goddess in India: The Five Faces of the Eternal Feminine

The Goddess in India: The Five Faces of the Eternal Feminine

by Devdutt Pattanaik


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ISBN-13: 9780892818075
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Edition description: Original
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 775,861
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

A medical doctor by training, Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik moved away from clinical practice to nurture his passion—mythology. His unorthodox approach is evident in his books on Hindu mythology, which include introductions to Shiva and Vishnu. Dr. Pattanaik lives in Mumbai, India, where he works as a health communicator and writes and lectures on Hindu narratives, art, ritual, and philosophy.

Table of Contents


1. Left Halves: Feminizing the Circle

Earth Mother: Rotating the Circle

Dancing Nymphs: Transcending the Circle

Cult of Chastity: Squaring the Circle

Goddesses with Unbound Hair: Reclaiming the Circle

Appendix I A Brief History of Hinduism

Appendix II Dates of Hindu Scriptures


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"In this wide-reaching exploration of ancient Hindu lore and legends, Devdutt Pattanaik investigates the evolving cultural perceptions of each, women, and goddess over the course of 4,000 years. As these tales come to light through word and stunning imagery, the author identifies the five faces give to the eternal feminine as man sought to unlock the mysteries of life. Exploring mysteries of gender and biology and shedding light on the roots of taboos and traditions still practiced in India today, Pattaniak shows how mortal woman can be both worshipped and feared as she embodies the image of the Mother Goddess."

"Unique and fascinating for customers interested in goddess mythology, Indian deities, and feminism."

"An informative and enlightening introduction to the portrayal of woman."

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