Victory to the Mother: The Hindu Goddess of Northwest India in Myth, Ritual, and Symbol by Kathleen M. Erndl

Victory to the Mother: The Hindu Goddess of Northwest India in Myth, Ritual, and Symbol

byKathleen M. Erndl

Paperback | February 1, 1993

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The worship of Devi, the Goddess, is one of the most vigorous and visible religious phenomena in northwest India today. In this groundbreaking book, Kathleen Erndl uses interviews, participant observations, and her own acute observations to explore the nature of the Goddess and her devotees'experience of her. Beginning with an analysis of oral and written sources, Erndl then examines specific ritual practices--including pilgrimage, performance, and divine possession--and presents case studies of women devotees who became 'possessed' by the Goddess and are worshipped as herrepresentatives. The effects of modernization and popular culture on Goddess worship are revealed in the influence of popular religious pamphlets and the recent absorption of the "new" goddess, Santoshi Ma, into the pantheon. A final chapter suggests a number of ways of understanding the continuingvitality of the goddess as a mythic presence in the lives of contemporary Hindus.

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Kathleen M. Erndl is at Lewis and Clark College.

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Title:Victory to the Mother: The Hindu Goddess of Northwest India in Myth, Ritual, and SymbolFormat:PaperbackDimensions:232 pages, 8.27 × 5.55 × 0.59 inPublished:February 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195070151

ISBN - 13:9780195070156

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Table of Contents

1. Divine Materialism: Myth and Theology of Goddess Worship2. Speaking of the Goddess: Stories of the Seven Sisters3. The Call of the Goddess: The Dynamics of Pilgrimage4. Waking the Goddess: The Jagrata a Ritual Performance5. The Play of the Goddess: Possession and Participation6. The Goddess and Popular Culture: Contemporary Perspectives7. The Goddess as an Enduring PresenceBibliographyIndex

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'A welcome addition to the literature on both modern popular Hinduism and goddess traditions in India. An excellent example of top-notch scholarship packaged for beginners or lay readers as well as specialists.'--William K. Mahony, Davidson College

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"Good reference book for students who are trying to determine the reasons for women remaining in a patriarchal religion."--Marianne Ferguson, Buffalo State College