Goddess Durga: The Power and the Glory
Marg Publications. 9.75 x 12.25", 200 pp., fully illustrated in color, notes after each chapter, index, contributors, illustrated endpapers, illustrated boards, d.j., Mumbai, 2009. Item #36688
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 ten essays like the ten arms (dasabhuja) of the great goddess in her Bengali manifestations 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.
Introduction by Pratapaditya Pal The Defeat of the Gods and the Victory of the Goddess: The Divine Feminine in India Spirituality by Gerald James Larson Vessels for the Goddess: Unfired-Clay Images of Druga in Bengal by Susan S. Bean From Spectacle to Art: The Changing Aesthetics of Druga Puja in Contemporary Kolkata by Tapati Guha-Thakurta Durga in Kashmir by Pratapaditya Pal Dasai: The Celebration of the Goddess Durga in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal by Anne Vergati Dance of Conception and Baby Shower: Tracing a Latent Aspect of Durga Puja in the Light of the Cult of Kumara by Gautama V. Vajracharya Constant Companion, Autonomous Spirit: Two Facets of the Feminine in Tamil Tradition by Rajeshwari Ghose The Muchilottu Bhagavathi Cult in Kerala by Pepita Seth The Fifty-one Shakta Pithas by Pratapaditya Pal The Hinglaj Shrine, Baluchistan by Ibrahim Shah.
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