Vicissitudes of the Goddess: Reconstructions of the Gramadevata in Indias Religious Traditions

Paperback | October 16, 2013

bySree Padma

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This book provides a detailed history of Hindu goddess traditions with a special focus on the local goddesses of Andhra Pradesh, past and present. The antiquity and the evolution of these goddess traditions are illustrated and documented with the help of archaeological reports, literarysources, inscriptions and art. Tracing the symbols and images of goddess into the brahmanical (Saiva and Vaisnava), Buddhist, and Jaina religious traditions, the book argues effectively how and with what motivations goddesses and their symbolizations were appropriated and transformed. The book also examines the evolution of popular Hindu goddesses such as Durga and Kali, discussing their tribal and agricultural backgrounds. It also deals extensively with how and in what circumstances women are deified and shows how these deified women cults share characteristics with the villagegoddesses.

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This book provides a detailed history of Hindu goddess traditions with a special focus on the local goddesses of Andhra Pradesh, past and present. The antiquity and the evolution of these goddess traditions are illustrated and documented with the help of archaeological reports, literarysources, inscriptions and art. Tracing the symbols...

Sree Padma is the executive director of the Inter-Collegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) Program, a study abroad program in Sri Lanka. She also teaches at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, offering courses on the cultural history of south Asia. She has been a research associate in the Department of History and Archaeology at Andhra Uni...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. Goddess Explained - Perspectives From the West2. Contextualizing the Fertility Goddess and the Gramadevata3. Fertility Symbols of the Goddesses: Historical Renderings and Contemporary Practices4. Profiles of Anthropomorphic Goddesses in Myth, Ritual, and History5. Bala Perantalu: Auspicious Virgin Mothers6. Perantalu: Auspicious Wives7. Deifying Victimized Women: Sacrifices and MurdersConclusionBibliography