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Revelry, Rivalry, and Longing for the Goddesses of Bengal: The Fortunes of Hindu Festivals

Rachel Fell McDermott

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231129190
eISBN:
9780231527873
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231129190.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Annually, during the months of autumn, Bengal hosts three interlinked festivals to honor its most important goddesses: Durgā, Kālī, and Jagaddhātrī. While each of these deities possesses a distinct ... More


Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Norman Rothschild

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169387
eISBN:
9780231539180
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169387.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book looks at the reign of Wu Zhao (624–705), better known as Wu Zetian or Empress Wu, the only woman to have ruled China over the course of its 5,000-year history. It asks how she rose to power ... More


Rejected from the Pantheon: The Ill-Timed Rise of the Cult of Wei Huacun

N. Harry Rothschild

in Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169387
eISBN:
9780231539180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169387.003.0010
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the rationale behind Wu Zhao's decision not to enshrine a powerful Daoist transcendent, Wei Huacun, the Lady of the Southern Marchmount. Apotheosized as a Daoist deity, Wei ... More


Dharma Echoes of Mother Māyā in Wu Zhao

N. Harry Rothschild

in Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169387
eISBN:
9780231539180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169387.003.0011
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the role played by Buddhism in the complex machinations of Wu Zhao's political legitimation, with particular emphasis on the nature and political utility of her carefully ... More


Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Female Political Ancestors

N. Harry Rothschild

in Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169387
eISBN:
9780231539180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169387.003.0013
Subject:
History, Asian History

This book focuses on the remarkable political career of Wu Zhao (624–705), China's first and only female emperor better known as Wu Zetian or Empress Wu. In the tortuous half century of her reign, Wu ... More


Wu Zhao as the Late Seventh-Century Avatar of Primordial Goddess Nüwa

N. Harry Rothschild

in Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169387
eISBN:
9780231539180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169387.003.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the role of mother-creator Nüwa in Wu Zhao's assemblage of female political ancestors. In Han mortuary iconography, Nüwa is often paired with a male divinity, her ... More


Sanctifying Luoyang: The Luo River Goddess and Wu Zhao

N. Harry Rothschild

in Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169387
eISBN:
9780231539180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169387.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the role of Consort Fu (Fufei), the goddess of the Luo River, in magnifying Wu Zhao's political authority as emperor of China. Luoyang, situated in the middle of the Yellow ... More


First Ladies of Sericulture: Wu Zhao and Leizu

N. Harry Rothschild

in Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169387
eISBN:
9780231539180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169387.003.0003
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter examines the role of the silk goddess, Leizu, in magnifying Wu Zhao's political authority as emperor of China, particularly during the earlier years of Wu Zhao's rise. A daughter of the ... More


The Queen Mother of the West and Wu Zhao

N. Harry Rothschild

in Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169387
eISBN:
9780231539180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169387.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter explores the role played by the Queen Mother of the West in amplifying Wu Zhao's political authority. From an array of different ancient directional goddesses who appear on Shang oracle ... More


The Mother of Laozi and Wu Zhao: From One Grand Dowager to Another

N. Harry Rothschild

in Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169387
eISBN:
9780231539180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169387.003.0009
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter explores the role played by Mother Li, the mother of Daoist founder Laozi, in amplifying Wu Zhao's political authority. Du Guangting's tenth-century perspective shows that the mother of ... More


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