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  • Singing to the Goddessby Rachel Fell McDermott

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 54.99 US$ 47.29

    This vibrant collection presents 145 brief Bengali lyric poems dedicated to the Hindu goddesses Kali and Uma. These poems--many of which are presented here for the first time in English translation--were written from the early eighteenth century up to the contemporary period. They represent the unique Bengali tradition of goddess worship (Saktism)... more...

  • Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreamsby Rachel Fell McDermott

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 144.99 US$ 124.69

    This book chronicles the rise of goddess worship in the region of Bengal from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present. Focusing on the goddesses Kali and Uma, McDermott examines lyrical poems written by devotees from Ramprasad Sen (ca. 1718-1775) to Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976). more...

  • Revelry, Rivalry, and Longing for the Goddesses of Bengalby Rachel Fell McDermott

    Columbia University Press 2011; US$ 29.99

    Annually during the months of autumn, Bengal hosts three interlinked festivals to honor its most important goddesses: Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri. While each of these deities possesses a distinct iconography, myth, and character, they are all martial. Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri often demand blood sacrifice as part of their worship and offer material... more...

  • Encountering Kaliby Rachel Fell McDermott; Jeffrey John Kripal

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 15.95 US$ 12.76

    Encountering Kalő explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen--the Hindu goddess Kalő. She is simultaneously understood as a blood-thirsty warrior, a goddess of ritual possession, a Tantric sexual partner, and an all-loving, compassionate Mother. more...

  • Sources of Indian Traditionsby Rachel Fell McDermott; Leonard A. Gordon; Ainslie T. Embree; Frances W. Pritchett; Dennis Dalton

    Columbia University Press 2013; US$ 44.99

    For more than fifty years, students and teachers have made the two-volume resource Sources of Indian Traditions their top pick for an accessible yet thorough introduction to Indian and South Asian civilizations. Volume 2 contains an essential selection of primary readings on the social, intellectual, and religious history of India from the decline... more...

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