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Singing to the Goddess: Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal

Rachel Fell McDermott

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134346
eISBN:
9780199868056
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134346.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This collection presents 145 brief Bengali lyric poems dedicated to the Hindu goddesses Kālī and Umā. The poems — many of which are presented here for the first time in English translation — were ... More


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

Rachel Fell McDermott

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134353
eISBN:
9780199834457
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134354.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book chronicles the rise and subsequent fortunes of Hindu goddess worship, or Śāktism, in the region of Bengal from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present. The primary documents are ... More


Introduction

Rachel Fell McDermott

in Singing to the Goddess: Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134346
eISBN:
9780199868056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134346.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This introduction to the book has five sections. These cover discussion of: the pathways to Bengali Hindu Śākta poetry (sources, precedents, and influences); the 164 compositions by 37 representative ... More


The Poems

Rachel Fell McDermott

in Singing to the Goddess: Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134346
eISBN:
9780199868056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134346.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Translations of ten Bengali Hindu Śākta poems are presented, each prefaced by an explanatory introduction. The poems are: Kālī among the corpses: poems of battle; The cosmic goddess of ... More


Introduction

Rachel Fell McDermott

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

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134353
eISBN:
9780199834457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134354.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The central concern of this book is the influence of bhakti, or the devotional attitude, in transforming perceptions of Hindu deities and their famous poet‐saints. Methodologically, this study ... More


Dancing on the Heart‐Lotus: Kālī and the Rāmprasāds of Bengali Literature

Rachel Fell McDermott

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

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134353
eISBN:
9780199834457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134354.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

An assessment is made of Rāmprasād Sen's poetic contributions to the Bengali Hindu Śākta literature in the light of the textual precedents examined in the last chapter. The first part of the chapter ... More


Keeping the Legacy Alive: Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya and the Śākta Padāvalī Tradition

Rachel Fell McDermott

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

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134353
eISBN:
9780199834457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134354.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

An assessment is made of Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya's poetic contributions to the Bengali Hindu Śākta literature in the light of the textual precedents examined in Ch. 5. The first part of the chapter ... More


“Mā, Come and Stay Awhile”: Kālī and Umā In Eighteenth‐ To Twentieth‐Century Bengali Poetry

Rachel Fell McDermott

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

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134353
eISBN:
9780199834457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134354.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The discussion of Rāmprasād Sen's and Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya's poetic contributions to the Bengali Hindu Śākta literature in the last two chapters is brought up to the present by referring ... More


Conclusion: Bhakti's Balm in Bengal

Rachel Fell McDermott

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

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134353
eISBN:
9780199834457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134354.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This concluding chapter has three aims. These are: to recapitulate and comment upon the nuances of the relationship between bhakti (or the devotional attitude) and Tantra as it is expressed in ... More


Durgā the Daughter: Folk and Familial Traditions

Rachel Fell McDermott

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231129190
eISBN:
9780231527873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231129190.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter focuses on Durgā and describes the many ways in which she is identified with a little girl, for she is at once the martial demon-slayer and Umā, the humble wife of Śiva, whose festival ... More


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