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Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition (Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions) Paperback – July 19, 1988


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Product Details

  • Series: Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (July 19, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520063392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520063396
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

"Kinsley has done a remarkable job in assembling an entire pantheon of Hindu goddesses in one delightful volume . . . . Mandatory reading for all scholars and students interested in South Asian religion, comparative mythology, or models of the feminine in sacred literature." -- Vasudha Narayan, Journal of Asian Studies

About the Author

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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Julian Rose on April 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a very good, scholarly overview of the major Goddesses of Hinduism. It is an academic work, and therefore not for one who is seeking to read about the Goddesses from a devotional perspective, but nonetheless it is full of insights. An essential book for those interested in Hindu Goddesses and/or world Goddess myth and religion, and one which will serve as both a useful introduction to the subject and an accurate source to be returned to in research again and again.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1998
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An incredibly interesting book. This is the book that got me interested in Hinduism, that made me take an entirely new look at Parvati & Sati, & (with a *little* bit of help) got me hooked on religious studies. Very well-written, like every other Kinsley book I've read (with the exception of Hinduism: A Cultural Perspective).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1998
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David Kinsley's work is always thorough - this book is no exception. Each chapter details one Hindu Goddess, including rituals, poems, texts, and background. It is an interesting read and a great place to start researching a particular Goddess. My only complaint is that the pictures are of really poor quality and there are not enough to give a real feel for these Goddesses.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Metallium on April 6, 2007
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Great book for one who wants to learn about Hinduism and the feminine within the Indian traditions. Scholarship is excellent, but it isn't for those who have more New Age beliefs in general on goddeses such as Kali or Hindu/eastern concepts in general. I would suggest it for those who are actually into learning about the Hindu religion and not the Western idea of Indian culture and religion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Will Jerom on January 31, 2009
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This is a good book. Whether you are interested as a teacher or student trying to learn more about the Hindu Goddesses, or just curious, this book provides a concise and effective introduction to some of the major Goddesses of Hinduism, as well as background information on classic Hindu scriptures and Gods. The style is academic, but it is also readable. Numerous black and white photos throughout help illustrate the Goddesses of Hinduism. I highly recommend this book.
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