Encountering Kali: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West

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Rachel Fell McDermott, Jeffrey J. Kripal
University of California Press, May 5, 2003 - Religion - 321 pages
Encountering Kali explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen—the Hindu goddess Kali. She is simultaneously understood as a blood-thirsty warrior, a goddess of ritual possession, a Tantric sexual partner, and an all-loving, compassionate Mother. Popular and scholarly interest in her has been on the rise in the West in recent years. Responding to this phenomenon, this volume focuses on the complexities involved in interpreting Kali in both her indigenous South Asian settings and her more recent Western incarnations. Using scriptural history, temple architecture, political violence, feminist and psychoanalytic criticism, autobiographical reflection, and the goddess's recent guises on the Internet, the contributors pose questions relevant to our understanding of Kali, as they illuminate the problems and promises inherent in every act of cross-cultural interpretation.

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one of best books on divine mother out there which explore mother through different perspectives and in different time slices and her role in societies and her influences in different of us. The book is also go od due to the different chapters are from different authors(with lots of references which i think is good) which take us to different time and place and different scenario and better understanding of mother and her influence.  


David R Kinsley
The Sakia Devotional ism of
Hindu Family Values and Tantric Power
Myth and Reality in a Banaras Ghetto
Kali in the Colonial Imagination
On Shakti and Society
Tracing Kali through Time Space
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Rachel Fell McDermott is Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College and author of Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams: Kali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal (2001) and Singing to the Goddess: Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal (2001). Jeffrey J. Kripal is the Lynette S. Autry Associate Professor in the Humanities at Rice University and author most recently of Roads of Excess, Palaces of Wisdom: Eroticism and Reflexivity in the Study of Mysticism (2001).

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