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The Oxford History of Hinduism: The Goddess

Mandakranta Bose


The central purpose of the book is the critical exposition of the Hindu idea of the divine feminine, or Devī, conceived as a singularity expressed in many forms. With the theological principles examined in the opening chapters, the book proceeds to describe and expound historically how individual manifestations of Devī have been imagined in Hindu religious culture and their impact upon Hindu social life. In this quest the authors draw upon the history and philosophy of major Hindu ideologies, such as the Purāṇic, Tantric, and Vaiṣṇava belief systems. A particular feature of the book is its att ... More

Keywords: Belief systems, goddess, Hindu milieu, popular beliefs, religious culture, theology, sacred texts, women’s lives

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198767022
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198767022.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mandakranta Bose, editor
Professor Emerita, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia

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Part I The Idea of Devī

Part II The Development of the Goddess Tradition

4 Śrī/Lakṣmī

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5 The Elusive Sarasvatī

Elizabeth Mary Rohlman

6 Rādhā

Tracy Coleman

7 Sītā

Heidi R. Pauwels

Part III The Regional Heritage

10 Bathukamma

Prabhavati C. Reddy

11 A Goddess from Bengal

Krishna Datta

Part IV Devī in the Modern World


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