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Reciting the Goddess: Narratives of Place and the Making of Hinduism in Nepal

Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz


This book presents a new perspective on the making of Hinduism in Nepal with the first book-length study of Nepal’s goddess Svasthānī and the popular Svasthānīvratakathā textual tradition. In the centuries following its origin as a short local legend in the sixteenth century, the Svasthānīvratakathā developed into a comprehensive Purana text that is still widely celebrated today among Nepal’s Hindus with an annual month-long recitation. This book interrogates the ways in which the Svasthānīvratakathā can be viewed as a medium through which the effects of important shifts in the political and c ... More

Keywords: Hinduism, Hindu goddesses, Purana, manuscript traditions, Nepal, Svasthani, Svasthanivratakatha, Newar, Nepali, women’s tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199341160
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199341160.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, author
Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign