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Encountering Kali

In the Margins, At the Center, in the West

Encountering Kali by Rachel Fell McDermott
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Encountering Kalõ explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen--the Hindu goddess Kalõ. She is simultaneously understood as a blood-thirsty warrior, a goddess of ritual possession, a Tantric sexual partner, and an all-loving, compassionate Mother. Popular and scholarly interest in her has been on the rise in the West in recent years. Responding to this phenomenon, this volume focuses on the complexities involved in interpreting Kalõ in both her indigenous South Asian settings and her more recent Western incarnations. Using scriptural history, temple architecture, political violence, feminist and psychoanalytic criticism, autobiographical reflection, and the goddess's recent guises on the Internet, the contributors pose questions relevant to our understanding of Kalõ, as they illuminate the problems and promises inherent in every act of cross-cultural interpretation.
University of California Press; January 2003
341 pages; ISBN 9780520928176
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Title: Encountering Kali
Author: Rachel Fell McDermott; Jeffrey John Kripal
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