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The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition Paperback – October 28, 1994

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press; 2nd edition (October 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791421120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791421123
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,144,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tracy Pintchman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at Loyola University of Chicago.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kaulika on December 9, 2005
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This book is a must-read for anyone serious about studying the Goddess traditions of Hinduism. The writing style is lucid and dense, so while she makes really interesting connections, she also assumes a working knowledge of Hinduism. This book is not for beginners, and it's not a quick read - but it's worth reading if you already have a grounding in Hindu traditions, understand Hindu concepts and keywords, and have a basic knowledge of Hindu theology, cosmology and cosmogony.

Pintchman begins with the feminine principle in Vedic literature (including the Upanisads and Brahmanas), where she explores the Goddess in relation to the elements, focusing primarily on earth and water. The second part of the book focuses on the three main manifestations of Goddess in Hindu theological and philosophical discourse - Prakriti (nature), Maya (illusion) and Shakti (power) - with a thorough review of the relevant literature. Finally, she explores the Puranas, focusing primarily on the Devi Mahatmya, but also surveying Vaishnava, Shaiva and Shakta puranas. Her discourse on cosmology/cosmogony and the introduction of the feminine principle of creation as the consort of the masculine God is particularly interesting to those studying the Shakta branch of Hinduism.

Again, this may be a challenging book to read if you're not well-grounded in Hindu studies, but it is a wealth of scholarly insight into a fascinating and growing field.
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