Encountering Kali: In the Margins, at the centre, in the West
McDermott, Rachel Fell & Kripal, Jeffrey J. (Eds.)
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Book ID : 27856
ISBN-10 : 81-208-2009-6 / 8120820096
ISBN-13 : 978-81-208-2009-8 / 9788120820098
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Edition : (First Indian Edition)
Language : English
xviii, 321p., 15 Illus., Figs., App., Bib., Index, 23 cm. (Originally pub. in 2003)
CONTENTS:- List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; About the Chapter Silhouettes; Notes on Transliteration; Introducing Kali Studies; Part I: Kali; Kali the Terrific and Her Tests: The Sakta Devotionalism of the Mahabhagavata Purana; The Domestication of a Goddess: Carana Tirtha Kalighat, the Mahapitha of Kali; Dominating Kali: Hindu Family Values and Tantric Power; Kali a Context of Terror: The Tasks of a Goddess in Sri Lanka's Civil War; Kali Mayi: Myth and Reality in a Banaras Ghetto; Part II: Kali in Western Settings, Western Discourses; Wrestling with kali: South Asian and British Constructions of the Dark Goddess; India's Darkest Heart: Kali in the Colonial Imagination; Why the Tantrika is a Hero: Kali inthe Psychoanalytic Tradition; Doing the Mother's Caribbean Work: On Shakti and Society in Contemporary Trinidad; Margins at the Center: Tracing Kali through Time, Space andCulture; Kali New Frontiers: A HIndu Goddess on the Internet; Appendix: Documentary Film and Video Resources for Teaching on Kali and Fierce Goddesses; Bibliography; List of Contributors; Index.
Encountering Kali explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen. The Hindu goddess Kali is simultaneously understood as a blood thirsty warrior, a deity of ritual possession, a Tantric sexual partner, and an all loving, compassionate mother.