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Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My DreamsKali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal$
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Rachel Fell McDermott

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134353

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134354.001.0001

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Conclusion: Bhakti's Balm in Bengal

Conclusion: Bhakti's Balm in Bengal

(p.286) Conclusion: Bhakti's Balm in Bengal
Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams

Rachel Fell McDermott (Contributor Webpage)

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This concluding chapter has three aims. These are: to recapitulate and comment upon the nuances of the relationship between bhakti (or the devotional attitude) and Tantra as it is expressed in Bengal; to offer some conceptual and theoretical models that may help to explain the rise of this poetry tradition and its (at least partial) success in taming, humanizing, and universalizing Kālī and Umā; and finally to place these softened goddesses of the Bengali Śākta poets in an all‐India context by highlighting similarities and differences between their travels and those of other Hindu and Buddhist deities.

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

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