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Goddess Durga : the power and the glory /

Goddess Durga :  the power and the glory /
DK Number:DK-202819
ISBN: 8185026939
Title: Goddess Durga : the power and the glory /
Author: edited by Pratapaditya Pal.
Imprint: Mumbai : Published by Marg Publications, on behalf of the National Centre for the Performing Arts ; [New Delhi : Exclusively distributed in India by Variety Book Depot],
Physical Desc.: 200 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 32 cm.
Year: c2009
Price: USD 68.00
Nature Of Scope: Contributed articles.
Subject Strings: Durgā (Hindu deity)--Cult--India.
  Durgā (Hindu deity)--Cult--South Asia.
  Durgā (Hindu deity)--Art.
  Art, Indic.
  Hindu art.
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This book of essays has no agenda - either gender or religious - but discusses the many facets of the Goddess Durga's images and worship on the Indian subcontinent. The nine authors (in keeping with Navaratri) belong to both the East and West, and to four religions: Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian. They also include historians of religion and art as well as sociologists and anthropologists, thereby providing the readers with multiple perspectives on the subject. The ten essays like the ten arms (dasabhuja) of the great goddess in her Bengali manifestation cannot possibly be all-encompassing but cover the physical geography of the subcontinent by including discussions of her presence and prevalence in Nepal and Kashmir, in Baluchistan, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, and of course, in West Bengal, especially Kolkata, where her autumn festival is celebrated annually with remarkable flamboyance and exuberance, in private as well as public. The book is lavishly illustrated with numerous colour photographs.


Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
IntroductionPratapaditya Pal8
The Defeat of the Gods and the Victory of the Goddess : The Divine Feminine in Indic SpiritualityGerald James Larson22
Vessels for the Goddess : Unfired-Clay Images of Durga in BengalSusan S. Bean38
from Spectacle to Art : The Changing Aesthetics of Durga Puja in ContemporaryKolkataTapati Guha-Thakurta54
Durga in KashmirPratapaditya Pal82
Dasai : The Celebration of the Goddess Durga in Kathmandu Valley, NepalAnne Vergati96
Dance of Conception and Baby Shower : Tracing a Latent Aspect of Durga Puja in the Light of the Cult of KumaraGautama . Vajracharya106
Constant Companion, Autonomous Spirit : Two Facets of the Feminine in Tamil TraditionRajeswari Ghose130
The Muchilottu Bhagavathi Cult in KeralaPepita Seth152
The Fifty-One Shakta PithasPratapaditya Pal164
The Hinglaj Shrine, BaluchistanIbrahim Shah188

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