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Devi: Goddesses of India (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society) Paperback – July 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0520200586 ISBN-10: 0520200586

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Product Details

  • Series: Comparative Studies in Religion and Society (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520200586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520200586
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Editors Hawley (religion, Barnard Coll.) and Wulff (religion, Brown Univ.) offer a collection of scholarly essays exploring the portrayals of 12 Hindu goddesses from a number of regions and time periods. Well written and thoroughly researched, the essays explore the multivarious roles of the goddess in a religion where the presence of the female divine is vital, real, and contradictory. The editors have divided the essays into sections discussing the goddess as supreme and goddess as consort; goddesses who mother and possess; and, finally, Kali in the Western goddess spirituality movement. Recommended for graduate collections on religion, women's studies, Asian studies, and sociology.?Gail Wood, SUNY Coll. of Tech. Lib., Alfred
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"Demonstrating the range and complexity of feminine imagery in Hindu tradition, Devi offers to scholars and beginners alike a fascinating and useful anthology."—Elaine Pagels, author Gnostic Gospels

"Thought-provoking and new, yet containing a few classics as well, Devi is a most valuable addition to studies of India—society, religion, culture, and art."—Vidya Dehejia, Smithsonian Institution

"A wonderfully informative group of essays about the main goddess figures of India. These sometimes dominate the male and sometimes stand alone, and they range from the fertile river Ganga to the awesome Kali, who is transforming herself in the West."—Ninian Smart, University of California, Santa Barbara

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2002
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I have this version under the title Devi: Goddesses of India published in India. I am pleased with this book. Many books show Kali as a ruthless killer and destroyer, here you will read about a softer and yet liberating side of Kali for women and men. This book has many articles from diffrent authers which really gives the reader a look at diffrent devis from diffrent points of view. Once I began to read this book I could not put it down. I would also recommend anything by David Kinsley and Kali by Elizabet U Harding .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rani on January 30, 2011
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I'm in the process of reading this book- and am enjoying it. It is informing and looks at the Goddesses from different angles-which i really appreciate. I have learned quite a bit about Goddesses that I had never known before- and it has answered questions that even my parents and grandparents were unable to answer (all Hindu)
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5 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Adria Chappell on September 13, 2000
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"The monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have severely limited the portrayal of the divine as feminine." Please don't think because of the former comment that Hindus beleive in more than one God. The Gita says "God may take any form he/she pleases and at any time he/she pleases." These deities are manifestations ( dictionary definition of manifestation-- One of the forms in which someone or something, such as a person, a divine being, or an idea, is revealed. The materialized form of a spirit.)
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