Seeking Mahadevi: Constructing the Identities of the Hindu Great Goddess

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Tracy Pintchman
SUNY Press, Jun 21, 2001 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 254 pages
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The confusion between single and multiple Hindu deities is resolved here by considering the Hindu Mahadevi to be the supreme female deity who is also the unity and source of all individual goddesses. Mostly British and American scholars of religion highlight the diversity of her identities to her worshipers, the various ways her diverse traits are interpreted and enlivened, and topics for further research along the same lines. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR
  

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Contents

Identity Construction and the Hindu Great Goddess
1
The Tantric and Vedāntic Identity of the Great Goddess in the Devī Gitā of the DevīBhāgavata Purāna
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Mahādevī as Mother The Oriya Hindu Vision of Reality
37
Ambiguous and Definitive The Greatness of Goddess Vaiṣṇo Devī
55
The Goddess as Fount of the Universe Shared Visions and Negotiated Allegiances in Purāṇic Accounts of Cosmogenesis
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Waves of Beauty Rivers of Blood Constructing the Goddess in Kerala
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From Village to City Transforming Goddesses in Urban Andhra Pradesh
115
Reconstructing the Split Goddess as Śakti in a Tamil Village
145
Perfecting the Mothers Silence Dream Devotion and Family in the Deification of Sharada Devi
171
Goddesses and the Goddess in Hinduism Constructing the Goddess through Religious Experience
199
What Is a Goddess and What Does It Mean to Construct One?
213
Glossary
223
References
227
Contributors
243
Index
247
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Tracy Pintchman is Associate Professor of Hindu Studies at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition, also published by SUNY Press.

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