Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition by David KinsleyHindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition by David Kinsley

Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition

byDavid Kinsley

Paperback | July 19, 1988

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Goddess worship has long been a significant aspect of Hinduism. In this book David Kinsley, author of The Sword and the Flute-Kali & Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology, sorts out the rich yet often chaotic history of Hindu goddess worship.
David Kinsley is Professor of Religion at McMaster University, Canada. He is the author of Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine: The Ten Mahavidyas (California, 1997), and The Sword and the Flute: Kali and Krisna, Dark Visions of the Terrible and Sublime in Hindu Mythology (California, 1975).
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Title:Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious TraditionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:281 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:July 19, 1988Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520063392

ISBN - 13:9780520063396

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1997 Printing
Introduction

1. Goddesses in Vedic literature
Usas
Prthivl
Aditi
Sarasvatl
Vac
Nirrti
Ratri
Minor Vedic Goddesses
Conclusion

2. Sri-Lak~mi
The Early History of Sri-Lak~ml
Sri-Lak~ml in Later Hinduism
Sri-Lak~ml in the Pancaratra and Sri Vai~r;tava Schools
The Worship of Sri-Laksmi
3. Parvatl
Early References to Parvatl
The Mythology of Sati
The Mythology of Parvatl
Tension and Resolution
Devotion and Grace
4. Sarasvati
Sarasvati as a River
Sarasvati in Later Hinduism
5. Sila
The Early History of Slta
Kings and the Fertility of the Earth
The Ideal Wife
Ideal Devotee and Intermediary
6. Radha
The Early History of Radha
The Gop!Tradition
Radha as Belonging to Another (Paraklya)
Radha as Belonging to Kn•Da (Svak!ya)
7. Durga
The Warrior Goddess
The Worship of Durga
8. Kall
Early History
The Later History and the Significance of Kall
9. The Mahadevl
Central Theological and Philosophical Characteristics
Mythological Characteristics and Functions
Auspicious and Terrible Forms
10. The Matrkas
The Early History of the Matrkas
The Matrkas in the Later Tradition
11. Tara, Chinnamasta, and the Mahavidyas
The Mahavidyas
Tara
Chinnamasta
12. Goddesses and Sacred Geography
Earth as a Goddess/ India as a Goddess
The Sakta Ptthas
The Ganges and the Sacrality of Rivers
13. Village Goddesses
The Local Rootedness of the Village Goddesses
Mythological Themes
Festivals
Death, Disease, and Ambivalence

Appendix: The Indus Valley Civilization
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Goddess worship has long been a significant aspect of Hinduism. In this book David Kinsley, author of The Sword and the Flute -- Kali & Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime Hindu Mythology, sorts out the rich yet often chaotic history of Hindu goddess worship

Editorial Reviews

"A compendious survey of major Hindu goddesses . . . The kind of book that one can readily recommend to students for clear, reliable information and reasonable commentary on the goddesses it examines."--Glenn Yocum, "Religious Studies Review