Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1998 - Religion - 281 pages
Hindu Goddesses is a valuable sourcebook and reference work for students and scholars of Hindu goddesses and of Hinduism in general. Each goddess is dealt with as an independent deity with a coherent mythology, theology and, in some cases, cult of her own. Within the complex, diverse, and rich goddess traditions of Hinduism, one can find suggestions of nearly every important theme in the Hindu religion. In many ways, this book is as much a study of the Hindu tradition itself as it is a study of one aspect of that tradition. No other living religious tradition has displayed such an ancient, continuous, and diverse history of goddess worship.
 

Contents

Goddesses in Vedic Literature
7
Minor Vedic Goddesses
14
Pārvatī
37
Sarasvati
55
Sītā
70
Radha
81
Durgā
95
Kāli
116
Goddesses and Sacred Geography
178
19
179
29
186
Village Goddesses
197
The Indus Valley Civilization
212
Notes
221
32
224
Bibliography
253

The Mahadevi
132
The Mätṛkās
151
Tārā Chinnamastā and the Mahavidyās
161

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