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The Great Bhakti Goddesses of West Bengal Durga and Kali

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In order to understand Bengali Shaktism, it is important to know the major goddesses that inspire devotion and awe, and their history and origins. The great bhakti goddesses of West Bengal are Durga ... More


Shakta Bhakti Devotion to the Goddess

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter looks at the subtypes of bhakti and examines some Shakta goddesses and their worship. The four types of bhakti—the folk type involving coerced devotion and obedience to a local goddess; ... More


Folk Shaktism Life with the Goddess

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter discusses folk and tribal Shaktism. Topics covered include concepts of goddess among the Adivasis (those who first lived on the land) and in folk Hinduism; possession and asceticism in ... More


Tantric and Yogic Shaktism Knowledge of the Goddess's Ways

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter discusses Bengali Shakta tantra. Bengali Shakta tantra is marked by the use of death imagery, seeking the goddess at the cremation ground, having her symbolism bound up by the use of ... More


Introduction

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the goddess Shakti and goddess worship in India. It then describes the types of Shaktism: folk/tribal Shaktism, tantric/yogic Shaktism, and ... More


Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

June McDaniel

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book provides an overview of Bengali goddess worship or Shakti. The book identifies three major forms of goddess worship, and examines each through its myths, folklore, songs, rituals, sacred ... More


Shaktism and the Modern West Kundalini Vacations and Tantric Honeymoons

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Shaktism as practiced in West Bengal has never really gained a major following in the West, but has migrated and been transformed in a variety of ways. Three major transformations of Hindu Shakta ... 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 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


Introduction

Lisa Lassell Hallstrom

in Mother of Bliss: Anandamayi Ma (1896–1982)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195116489
eISBN:
9780199851621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116489.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Western feminist theologians have wondered about how our lives would have been had we been raised to look up to God as an all-loving and all-powerful mother. As such a thought brings about ideas ... More


The Return of the Goddess

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

In the early 1970s, sectors of the new women's movement, seeking a feminist spirituality, began to reclaim the ideas of original matriarchy and the primacy of a female deity. Two books published in ... More


Conclusions

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167900
eISBN:
9780199849970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter begins with an analysis of the multiple identities of goddesses. It then considers the issue of colonialism, which has become linked with postmodern thought, and questions how much ... More


Tonantzin-Guadalupe: The Meeting of Aztec and Christian Female Symbols in Mexico

Rosemary Radford Ruether

in Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231467
eISBN:
9780520940413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231467.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines how female symbols of the divine played out in the violent encounter between the Aztecs and their Spanish conquerors in Mexico in the sixteenth century. Spain sought to repress ... More


Hinglaj Devi: Identity, Change, and Solidification at a Hindu Temple in Pakistan

Jürgen Schaflechner

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780190850524
eISBN:
9780190850555
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190850524.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The shrine of the Goddess Hinglaj is located in the desert of Balochistan, Pakistan, about 215 kilometers west of the city of Karachi. Notwithstanding its ancient Hindu and Muslim history, the ... More


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