Encountering the Goddess: A Translation of the Devi-Mahatmya and a Study of Its Interpretation

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1991 - Religion - 257 pages
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Coburn (religious studies and classical languages, St. Lawrence U.) provides a new translation from the Sanskrit of this 1,500-year-old text, and illuminates the process by which it became the best known Goddess-text in modern India, deeply embedded in the ritual of Goddess worship (especially in Tantra). Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Text in Its Context
11
The Historical Setting
13
The Text in Translation
29
The Legacy of a Text
87
Encounter With the Text 1 The Ritual and Philosophy of the Angas
99
Encounter With the Text II The Commentaries
119
Encounters in the Contemporary World
149
Translation of the Angas
175
Notes
195
Glossary
231
Bibliography
235
Index
247
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About the author (1991)

Thomas B. Coburn is Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studies and Classical Languages at St. Lawrence University. He is the author of Devi-Mahatmya: The Crystallization of the Goddess Tradition.

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