The Indian Mother Goddess

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Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 1999 - Religion - 363 pages
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. . . you have not only collected a great deal of very important material but have also organized them wonderfully well and this from a carefully worked out sociological approach. This has given us a really fine study in comparative religion, which you have brought a modern mind to work upon. Niharranjan Ray, renowned Indologist, on the first edition. Encouraged by the reception the first edition received, the author expanded its scope and coverage and the second edition included the following chapters: Introduction; The Mothers: Forms of the Cult; Mother Goddesses in Literary and Mythological Records; Mother Goddesses in Archaeology; and Mother Goddesses and the Advanced Religious Systems. In addition, there were three appendices, viz., Regional Distribution of the Goddess Cult; The Female-Dominated Societies; and Fertility Rites as the Basis of Tantricism. To further enrich the work two more appendices, viz., The Realm of Kamakhya, and Important Puranic Goddesses, along with an updated bibliography have been added in the present (Third) edition. The study, a standard work on the subject, correlates the cult of Indian Mother Goddess with similar cults found in different parts of the world. It reveals interesting historical processes working behind the origin and development of the cult. It further highlights its popularity among the masses, specially among the lower order, its functional role in space and time and its entry into the so called higher forms of religious systems of India and abroad. The study is marked by the authors accent on comparative treatment and on the social basis of religious ideas and deft handling of a bewildering variety of sources.

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Introduction 134
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Forms of the Cult 3582
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Mother Goddesses in Literary and Mythological Records 83144
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