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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


Devī

Arvind Sharma

in Modern Hindu Thought: An Introduction

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195676389
eISBN:
9780199081974
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676389.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The ultimate reality can be depicted as a feminine principle or devī, drawing attention to the Goddess tradition and its role in modern Hinduism. This has various manifestations such as Kālī the ... More


Kālī Māyī: Myth and Reality in a Banaras Ghetto

Rachel Fell McDermott and Jeffrey J. Kripal

in Encountering Kālī: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520232396
eISBN:
9780520928176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520232396.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The Aghorīs are one of the most enigmatic of all Hindu ascetic sects. Throughout North India, they are infamous for their extremely transgressive practices, which fly in the face of Brahmanical ... More


The Cult of Nidrā-Kālarātri, Goddess of Sleep, Swoon, Death and the Night (c. 3rd to 5th Century)

Bihani Sarkar

in Heroic Shāktism: The Cult of Durgā in Ancient Indian Kingship

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780197266106
eISBN:
9780191865213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266106.003.0002
Subject:
History, Indian History

Assessing early Vaiṣṇava, epic, ritualistic and literary sources and iconographic evidence, this chapter discusses how an archetypical cult of an early Durgā, the form of the goddess prior to her ... More


Caṇḍikā, Pārvatī’s Unwanted Self (c. 5th to 7th Century)

Bihani Sarkar

in Heroic Shāktism: The Cult of Durgā in Ancient Indian Kingship

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780197266106
eISBN:
9780191865213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266106.003.0003
Subject:
History, Indian History

By assessing early Śaiva and literary sources, this chapter demonstrates how Kālarātri-Nidrā-Kālī, Durgā's early form, was assimilated and transformed by Śaivism from the 5th century onwards, in ... More


Approaches to Kālī Pūjā in Bengal

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/9780231129190.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter moves from an emphasis on Kālī's iconography to a discussion of the festival proper. Kālī's festival follows Durgā's by three weeks, on the dark-moon night of the month of Kārtik, ... More


Encountering Kālī: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West

Rachel Fell McDermott and Jeffrey Kripal (eds)

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520232396
eISBN:
9780520928176
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520232396.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen—the Hindu goddess Kālī. She is simultaneously understood as a blood-thirsty warrior, a goddess of ritual possession, a ... More


Introducing Kālī Studies

Rachel Fell McDermott and Jeffrey J. Kripal

in Encountering Kālī: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520232396
eISBN:
9780520928176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520232396.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Since the 1970s, interest in goddesses and goddess-like figures has been on the rise in Western culture on both the popular and scholarly levels. During this same period, scholars have continued to ... More


Kālī

Rachel Fell McDermott and Jeffrey J. Kripal

in Encountering Kālī: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520232396
eISBN:
9780520928176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520232396.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter, a reprint of the chapter on Kālī in David Kinsley's book Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition, provides an introduction to Kālī's basic story ... More


Kālī the Terrific and Her Tests: The Śākta Devotionalism of the Mahābhāgavata Purāṇa

Rachel Fell McDermott and Jeffrey J. Kripal

in Encountering Kālī: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520232396
eISBN:
9780520928176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520232396.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter describes the Mahābhāgavata Purāna, a late medieval Śākta text that glorifies the Goddess in her form as Kālī. It shows that the Kālī to emerge from this work is not simply a ... More


The Domestication of a Goddess: Caraṇa-tῑrtha Kā lῑghāṭ, the Mahā pῑṭha of Kālῑ

Rachel Fell McDermott and Jeffrey J. Kripal

in Encountering Kālī: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520232396
eISBN:
9780520928176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520232396.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Kālīghāt, the landing stage sacred to Kālī on the old course of the river Ganga at Calcutta, is regarded as an important seat of the Goddess (mahāpītha or śāktipītha) and is visited by thousands of ... More


Dominating Kālī: Hindu Family Values and Tantric Power

Rachel Fell McDermott and Jeffrey J. Kripal

in Encountering Kālī: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520232396
eISBN:
9780520928176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520232396.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In 1991, the authors investigated the meanings that Oriya Hindus living in the temple town of Bhubaneswar attach to a particular Tantric icon of the goddess Kālī—the one in which the Goddess is ... More


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