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Hindu Goddesses

Author : David Kinsley
ISBN : 8120803949
Genre : Goddesses, Hindu
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Hindu Goddesses is a valuable sourcebook and reference work for students and scholars of Hindu goddesses and of Hinduism in general. Each goddess is dealt with as an independent deity with a coherent mythology, theology and, in some cases, cult of her own. Within the complex, diverse, and rich goddess traditions of Hinduism, one can find suggestions of nearly every important theme in the Hindu religion. In many ways, this book is as much a study of the Hindu tradition itself as it is a study of one aspect of that tradition. No other living religious tradition has displayed such an ancient, continuous, and diverse history of goddess worship.
Category: Goddesses, Hindu

The Hindu Goddesses

Author : Mahesh Sharma
ISBN : 9781468954784
Genre : Religion
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Hindu’s ancient religious texts that have been guiding the society for ages towards the development of a better society. Hindu religious texts make one aware of one’s duties and of the principles of Dharma or righteous behaviour. As the original texts are too voluminous, we have presented their essence in the question and answer form, which not only enrich the mind with the knowledge of Hinduism but also enlighten the reader on the philosophical concepts of Hinduism.
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Rise Of The Goddess In The Hindu Tradition The

Author : Tracy Pintchman
ISBN : 9781438416182
Genre : Religion
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This book explores the rise of the Great Goddess by focusing on the development of saakti (creative energy),maya (objective illusion), and prakr(materiality) from Vedic times to the late Puranic period, clarifying how these principles became central to her theology. "I like very much the way in which Pintchman carefully establishes the interrelationships between saakti, maya, and prakrti concepts that might not at first appear to be closely connected. This book nicely reveals their organic integration, an integration that Hindu culture itself recognized and elaborated only gradually over the centuries. She avoids reading later Sakta or Tantric theological ideas back into the earlier literature, yet she convincingly demonstrates how the later ideas are firmly rooted in the ancient traditions. Thus, the book provides the reader with a sense both of the continuities involved in the development of the Great Goddess concept, as well as the major transformations of tradition that such a development entailed." -- C. Mackenzie Brown "There are two complementary, arresting features of this book. One is the broad sweep of the author's inquiry into the history of three concepts that are fundamental to the Great Goddess. She follows a thread of continuity that has never been so crisply delineated. The result is kind of a conceptual "adventure story" told in flashbacks: we know what the mature conception is, as it is now common knowledge. Where it came from makes for very interesting reading. The second striking feature is the provocative, suggestive linking of this history to contemporary issues regarding gender and women." -- Thomas B. Coburn "The author provides a thorough discussion of the main concepts relating to the feminine principle in the intellectual, literary traditions of Hinduism. She shows that goddess worship is not a marginal expression but is central to even the most orthodox elements of Hinduism. She also brings together much far-flung scholarship from India, Europe, and the United States without duplicating any of it." -- Kathleen M. Erndl
Category: Religion

Hindu Gods And Goddesses

Author : Edward Moor
ISBN : 9780486168692
Genre : Art
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Reflecting the spirit of East Indian myths, legends, and fables, these illustrations were compiled by one of the nineteenth century's foremost Orientalists. Edward Moor published The Hindu Pantheon in 1810, and this new volume draws upon his exposition of India's religious iconography to offer a spectacular array of images of Hindu deities. Dramatic engravings and line drawings include scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as temple images of Krishna, Vishnu, Siva, and other major gods and goddesses. Many are derived from bronze figurines; others are reproduced from manuscript illustrations. All appear with captions for ease of identification.
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Hindu Gods And Goddesses In Japan

Author : Saroj Kumar Chaudhuri
ISBN : 8179360091
Genre : Goddesses, Hindu
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Buddhism introduced many Hindu Gods and Goddesses to the Japanese. The rulers were the first to be attracted to them. Historical records show that they earnestly believed in the miracles of these divinities promised in the sutras. Many miracle stories started appearing in popular literature as the divinities percolated down to the masses. The resulting naturalisation process in the case of some divinities went to the extent that they became an integral part of the native Shinto pantheon. Their popularity remains unabated even today. The Tantric Buddhist sects also played a vital role in propagating the divinities. They regularly worshipped the divinities in their temples where people thronged in large numbers. Many steps in these ceremonies, for instance, the homa ritual, are very familiar to the present-day Hindus. The monks have also produced a considerable volume of religious literature related to these divinities. Descriptions of many divinities show that they have not changed substantially over centuries. A study of these writings also shows that a large volume of Hindu myths and legends related to these deities were transmitted to Japan. These writings are also a testimony to the way the ancestors of the present-day Hindus thought about these deities, say, around the eighth or ninth century of the Christian era.
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Hindu Gods And Goddesses

Author : Sunita Pant Bansal
ISBN : 8187967722
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Hindu Gods & Goddesses is an en make available basic information about the Hindu pantheon of gods in a simple and attractive manner. Information about the origin of each deity, its various forms, relationship with other deities, and the important shrines is given in a condensed manner. Effort has been made to source as many Indian art forms as possible to show the unifying principle underlying the work of the various artists. However diverse the understanding of any artist may be about a deity, one can still see the basic fundamental representations in the hundred visuals in this book.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Hindu Gods And Goddesses

Author : Prem P. Bhalla
ISBN : 8122309690
Genre : Hindu goddesses
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Whenever there is degeneration of thought and increase in sin, I shall incarnate in different forms - Lord Sri Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita the Supreme Being has no form to protect the righteous and the virtuous. He has emerged in the many forms of gods and goddesses to guide and teach humanity to lead an ideal life. No major religion in the world can claim to have as many gods and goddesses as Hinduism. At the same time, no other religion has as many forms of worship and places of pilgrimage as do the Hindus. the plurality of gods and goddesses are not evidence of different streams of thought, neither are they there to create confusion: they fulfil a definite purpose. Each god and goddess is assigned a special responsibility. In their own sphere of activity, they are benevolent. Gods and goddesses emerge and thrive upon positive values like patience, tolerance, love and forgiveness and lead one to a path of truth, honesty and integrity.
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Hindu Goddesses

Author : Lynn Foulston
ISBN : 1902210433
Genre : Religion
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This book explores the diversity of Hindu goddesses and the variety of ways in which they are worshiped. Although they undoubtedly have ancient origins, Hindu goddesses and their worship is still very much a part of the fabric of religious engagement in India today. Hindu Goddesses: Beliefs and Practices offers an introduction to a complex and often baffling field of study. ? Part I, Beliefs, provides a series of encounters with a range of Hindu goddesses starting with the idea of ?Goddess' as a philosophical concept. Topics include textual evidence for belief structures, goddess mythology, and the importance of ?the Goddess' in Tantrism. ? Part II, Practices, leads the reader through the tangled web of goddess worship, pausing along the way to examine the contrast between temple and local worship, the splendour of festivals and the importance of pilgrimage to those places in India where goddesses are considered to reside. ? A Conclusion provides details of contemporary developments in goddess worship, such as the appearance of new deities who supply the needs of worshipers in the twenty-first century. ? No prior knowledge is necessary as the book is aimed at undergraduate students and anyone interested in the religions and philosophy of India
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Hindu Gods And Goddesses Stained Glass Coloring Book

Author : Marty Noble
ISBN : 9780486462189
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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One of the most religiously diverse nations in the world, India's magical pantheon of gods and goddesses allows its Hindu population to experience the divine in remarkable ways. Beautifully rendered and impeccably researched, this collection of images illuminates an array of important deities, including Krishna, Indra, Ganesha, Kali, and Lakshmi. Using markers, inks, crayons, or paints, artists can add colors to the 16 translucent stained glass sheets — and then let the light shine through for divinely glowing effects.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

An Introduction To Hinduism

Author : Gavin D. Flood
ISBN : 0521438780
Genre : Religion
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A much-needed, comprehensive and up-to-date thematic and historical survey of Hinduism.
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The Sacred Marriage Of A Hindu Goddess

Author : William P. Harman
ISBN : 812080810X
Genre : Religion
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supplemented by a commentary; both seek to emphasize how the teaching is
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Women In The Hindu Tradition

Author : Mandakranta Bose
ISBN : 9781135192587
Genre : Literary Collections
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This book accounts for the origin and evolution of the nature and roles of women within the Hindu belief system. It explains how the idea of the goddess has been derived from Hindu philosophical ideas and texts of codes of conduct and how particular models of conduct for mortal women have been created. Hindu religious culture correlates philosophical speculation and social imperatives to situate femininity on a continuum from divine to mortal existence. This creates in the Hindu consciousness multiple - often contradictory - images of women, both as wielders and subjects of authority. The conception and evolution of the major Hindu goddesses, placed against the judgments passed by texts of Hindu sacred law on women’s nature and duties, illuminate the Hindu discourse on gender, the complexity of which is compounded by the distinctive spirituality of female ascetic poets. Drawing on a wide range of Sanskrit texts, the author explains how the idea of the goddess has been derived from Hindu philosophical ideas and also from the social roles of women as reflected in, and prescribed by, texts of codes of conduct. She examines the idea of female divinity which gave rise to models of conduct for mortal women. Instead of a one-way order of ideological derivation, the author argues that there is constant traffic between both ways the notional and the actual feminine. This book brings together for the first time a wide range of material and offers fresh stimulating interpretations of women in the Hindu Tradition.
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Let S Know Gods Goddesses Of India

Author : M. Gupta
ISBN : 8176500917
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A Coffee Table Book On Various God & Goddesses Being Worshipped In India In Different Religions Alongwith Their Photographs And Artis. Fully Coloured.

Hindu Wisdom For All God S Children

Author : Francis X. Clooney
ISBN : 9781597520683
Genre : Religion
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'Hindu Wisdom for All God's Children' introduces readers to the spiritual riches of Hindu India. Jesuit author Francis Clooney brings a wealth of scholarship and personal immersion in the thought and life of India to a wide range of students and seekers. In seven chapters Clooney draws on aspects of Indian religious life, both ancient and modern. They include the creation myths and the discovery of the self; realization of the self in theology and meditative traditions; the self-awareness of Gautama; the quest for direct experience of God in devotions to Krishna; the mystery of God in the traditions of Shiva; the cult of the great Goddess; and the spirituality of Mohandas Gandhi and Mahasweta Devi. Clooney offers insights into how people live out these traditions today, continually raising points for comparative reflection, inviting readers to bring their own insights into consideration. 'Hindu Wisdom for All God's Children' provides a fascinating introduction to deep and ancient traditions that will challenge and enrich the quest for the spiritual self.
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Revelry Rivalry And Longing For The Goddesses Of Bengal

Author : Rachel Fell McDermott
ISBN : 9780231527873
Genre : Religion
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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 and spiritual benefits to their votaries. Richly represented in straw, clay, paint, and decoration, they are similarly displayed in elaborately festooned temples, thronged by thousands of admirers. The first book to recount the history of these festivals and their revelry, rivalry, and nostalgic power, this volume marks an unprecedented achievement in the mapping of a major public event. Rachel Fell McDermott describes the festivals' origins and growth under British rule. She identifies their iconographic conventions and carnivalesque qualities and their relationship to the fierce, Tantric sides of ritual practice. McDermott confronts controversies over the tradition of blood sacrifice and the status-seekers who compete for symbolic capital. Expanding her narrative, she takes readers beyond Bengal's borders to trace the transformation of the goddesses and their festivals across the world. McDermott's work underscores the role of holidays in cultural memory, specifically the Bengali evocation of an ideal, culturally rich past. Under the thrall of the goddess, the social, political, economic, and religious identity of Bengalis takes shape.
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The Goddesses Mirror

Author : David Kinsley
ISBN : 0887068367
Genre : Religion
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Discusses the cultural background and meaning of ten goddesses, including Aphrodite, Isis, Athena, Durga, Laksmi, and Sita
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The Little Book Of Hindu Deities

Author : Sanjay Patel
ISBN : 9781101657799
Genre : Religion
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Pixar animator and Academy Award–nominated director Sanjay Patel (Sanjay’s Super Team) brings to life Hinduism’s most important gods and goddesses—and one sacred stone—in fun, full-color illustrations, each accompanied by a short, lively profile. The Little Book of Hindu Deities is chock-full of monsters, demons, noble warriors, and divine divas. Find out why Ganesha has an elephant’s head (his father cut his off!); why Kali, the goddess of time, is known as the “Black One” (she’s a bit goth); and what “Hare Krishna” really means. “Throw another ingredient in the American spirituality blender. Pop culture is veering into Hinduism.”—USA Today
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