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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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The Historical Background in Bengal

The Historical Background in Bengal

(p.15) 1 The Historical Background in Bengal
Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams

Rachel Fell McDermott (Contributor Webpage)

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A detailed look is taken at the historical context of eighteenth‐century to nineteenth‐century Bengal (India) as background to the following study of the Hindu Śākta poets. Its various sections cover: the rise of the zamindaris (wealthy landowner estates) in late Mughal Bengal; the Mārāṭhā raids (the Mārāṭhās were the princely and military classes of the former Hindu kingdom of Maharashtra); the expansion of British power; the famine of 1770; zamindaris and British policies in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; zamindari patronage of the arts; why Śākta poetry now?; and the nouveaux riches of Calcutta and the place of Śākta poetry.

Keywords:   Bengal, Hinduism, history, India, poetry, Śāktism

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