Absent Mother God Of The West: A Kali Lover's Journey Into Christianity And Judaism by Neela Bhattacharya SaxenaAbsent Mother God Of The West: A Kali Lover's Journey Into Christianity And Judaism by Neela Bhattacharya Saxena

Absent Mother God Of The West: A Kali Lover's Journey Into Christianity And Judaism

byNeela Bhattacharya Saxena

Hardcover | December 15, 2015

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This book about the missing Divine Feminine in Christianity and Judaism chronicles a personal as well as an academic quest of an Indian woman who grew up with Kali and myriad other goddesses. It is born out of a women's studies course created and taught by the author called The Goddess in World Religions. The book examines how the Divine Feminine was erased from the western consciousness and how it led to an exclusive spiritually patriarchal monotheism with serious consequences for both women's and men's psychological and spiritual identity. While colonial, proselytizing and patriarchal ways have denied the divinity inherent in the female of the species, a recent upsurge of body-centric practices like Yoga and innumerable books about old and new goddesses reveal a deep seated mother hunger in the western consciousness. Written from a practicing Hindu/Buddhist perspective, this book looks at the curious phenomenon called the Black Madonna that appears in Europe and also examines mystical figures like Shekhinah in Jewish mysticism. People interested in symbols of the goddess, feminist theologians, and scholars interested in the absence of goddesses in monotheisms may find this book's perspective and insights provocative.
Dr. Neela Bhattacharya Saxena is professor of English and women's studies at Nassau Community College. You can visit her website at http://neelabhattacharyasaxena.com/.
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Title:Absent Mother God Of The West: A Kali Lover's Journey Into Christianity And JudaismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.27 × 6.2 × 0.76 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1498508057

ISBN - 13:9781498508056

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Table of Contents

1. Carving Kali: A Hindu/Buddhist Perspective2. Triple Goddesses of Greece: Traveling Through Ancient Lands 3. Matricide: Slow Destruction of the Mother God4. Theotokos: Ascendant Christianity's Mother of God5. Yogini Magdalene: Gnostic Eve to the Black Madonna 6. Shakti Shekhinah: Immanence Returns to the West

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In this impressively wide-ranging volume, Neela Saxena takes her readers on a journey across cultures to encounter the figure of the Divine Mother.  This journey is intensely personal, while at the same time grounded in historical knowledge that is characterized by both depth and breadth.  Building on her earlier work on the Hindu Goddess Kali, Saxena deftly handles materials from as far afield as Japan and ancient Greece to create a portrait of a Mother Goddess honored in a wide array of forms and manifestations around the world.  Many have argued that our alienation from this Divine Mother in the West has been at the root of an array of cultural maladies on many levels, from the individual to the global.  Saxena, however, concludes on a note of hope, and shows us that the absent Mother God of the West is perhaps not so absent after all.