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Singing to the GoddessPoems to Kali and Uma from Bengal$
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Rachel Fell McDermott

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134346

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134346.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Singing to the Goddess

Rachel Fell McDermott (Contributor Webpage)

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This introduction to the book has five sections. These cover discussion of: the pathways to Bengali Hindu Śākta poetry (sources, precedents, and influences); the 164 compositions by 37 representative poets for the goddesses Kālī and Umā that are included in the book; family resemblances — the Śākta Padavali (collected poems to the goddess — a genre of poetry focussed on Kālī and Umā) as bhakti (devotional attitude) poetry; the challenges and choices in designing an anthology; and notes on transliteration, translation, and word definition.

Keywords:   Bengal, Bengali, bhakti, goddesses, Hinduism, history, India, Kālī, poetry, poets, Śāktism, Umā

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