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Vicissitudes of the Goddess: Reconstructions of the Gramadevata in India's Religious Traditions

Sree Padma


Gramadevatas discussed in this book correspond to different dimensions and spiritual strategies of popular Hindu religious sentiment and magic. Some of those are associated with powers of fertility and the outbreak of disease. The others are those goddesses who are clearly deified women whose lives came to an abrupt or unseemly end. The study shows that these two are not exclusive. The book traces the historical vicissitudes of the first category of goddesses to see how they influenced various religious traditions and how gender became a factor in qualifying the religious meaning ... More

Keywords: gramadevata, fertility goddess, popular goddess, deified women, brahmanic goddess, buddhist, jaina, vaishnava, saiva

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199325023
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325023.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sree Padma, author
Inter-collegiate Sri Lanka (ISLE) Program, Bowdoin College