The Oxford History of Hinduism: The Goddess

ISBN : 9780198767022

Mandakranta Bose
368 ページ
156 x 234 mm

The Oxford History of Hinduism: The Goddess provides a critical exposition of the Hindu idea of the divine feminine, or Devī, conceived as a singularity expressed in many forms. With the theological principles examined in the opening chapters, the book proceeds to describe and expound historically how individual manifestations of Devī have been imagined in Hindu religious culture and their impact upon Hindu social life. In this quest the contributors draw upon the history and philosophy of major Hindu ideologies, such as the Purāṇic, Tāntric, and Vaiṣṇava belief systems. A particular distinction of the book is its attention not only to the major goddesses from the earliest period of Hindu religious history but also to goddesses of later origin, in many cases of regional provenance and influence. Viewed through the lens of worship practices, legend, and literature, belief in goddesses is discovered as the formative impulse of much of p


Notes on the Contributors
Gavin Flood: Series Introduction
1 Mandakranta Bose: Introduction
2 Tracy Pintchman: Cosmological, Devotional, and Social Perspectives on the Hindu Goddess
3 Bihani Sarkar: From Magic to Deity, Matter to Persona: The Exaltation of Māyā
4 Sanjukta Gupta: Lalitā, the Graceful and Enchanting Goddess of Kāncipuram
5 Mandakranta Bose: Sri/Laksmi: Goddess of Plenitude and Ideal of Womanhood
6 Elizabeth Rohlman: The Elusive Sarasvati: A Goddess, a River, and the Search for the Universal in the Particular
7 Tracy Coleman: Radha: Lover and Beloved of Krsna
8 Heidi Pauwels: Sītā: Enduring Example for Women
9 Madhu Khanna: Here are the Daughters: Reclaiming the Girl Child 'Kanyā, Bālā, Kumārī' in the Empowered Tales and Rituals of Śākta Tantra
10 Brenda Beck: Becoming a Living Goddess
11 Prabhavati Reddy: Bathukamma: The Folk Song Tradition of the Flower Goddess of Telangana in South India
12 Krishna Datta: A Goddess from Bengal: Devī
Manasā, Goddess of Serpents
13 Saswati Sengupta: Domestication of the Disorderly Devī: the Caṇ
Maṅgalakāvya of Bengal
14 Rachel Fell McDermott: A 'Muslim' Poet in the Lap of the 'Hindu' Mother: The Freedoms and Burdens of Kazi Nazrul Islam and the Hindu Goddess Kālī
in Modern Bengal
15 Tracy Pintchman: The Divine Mother Comes to Michigan
Mandakranta Bose: Afterword


Mandakranta Bose is Professor Emerita, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, Canada. She studied Sanskrit and Hindu religious texts in Calcutta, comparative literature in Vancouver, and holds a doctorate from Oxford in textual studies in the classical performing arts of India. Bose is the editor of The Ramayana Revisited (2004) and Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern India (2000).