Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition

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University of California Press, Jul 19, 1988 - History - 281 pages
Goddess worship has long been a significant aspect of Hinduism. In this book David Kinsley, author of The Sword and the Flute—Kali & Krsna: Dark Visions of the Terrible and the Sublime in Hindu Mythology, sorts out the rich yet often chaotic history of Hindu goddess worship.
 

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Contents

Goddesses in Vedic Literature
6
SriLaksmi
19
Parvati
35
Sarasvati
55
Sita
65
Radha
81
Durga
95
Kali
116
The Matrkas
151
Tara Chinnamastā and the Mahavidyas
161
Goddesses and Sacred Geography
178
Village Goddesses
197
The Indus Valley Civilization
212
Notes
221
Bibliography
253
Index
265

The Mahadevi
132

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About the author (1988)

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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