Cult of Goddess...
Cult of Goddessby: ArputhaRani Sengupta
This book provides an unparalleled insight in exploring the Great Goddess as she lived and still lives in the psyche of India and in the Greater India, over a period of five millennia. It traces the origin and trajectory of the evolution of the divine feminine force in the visual discourse. This multilayered goddess cult finds its expression in great achievements in art and culture in manifold forms and roles.
Year Of Publication: 2015
Pages : xv, 704p.
Bibliographic Details : Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 2700 gm.
This volume is comprised of forty-one well researched and illustrated papers on Cult of the Goddess. It tries to trace the origin and trajectory of the divine feminine force in art and culture for over a period of five millennia, which is a great achievement in itself. While exploring the living tradition of the Great Goddess, the book offers unique insight to the psyche of India and the Greater India.
In the multifaceted goddess cult, the goddess takes diverse forms in her role as a destroyer of demonic forces and a donor of boons to her devotees. The goddess is also the divine consort, creator of the universe, source of progeny, prosperity and immortality. In her numerous roles the goddess maintains the equilibrium and sanctity of the universe. In mythology, the Mother Goddess is worshipped as the earth, fish, snake, tree or the forest.
The book delves deep into the imagination and religious lives of the people to understand the meaning of rituals, philosophy and metaphysics. The enduring appeal of the goddess in folk traditions and in classic literary sources is discussed from various points of view. The span and the depth of research encompassing the goddess include the shifting changes in the present era and finds her manifestations in Bonabibi, Kadamkottu Makkam and Manushi Swaccha Narayani, in addition to the well-known concept of Parashakti, Lakshmi, Sarasvati, Durga, Mahishasuramardini, Prajnaparamita, Hathor, Isis and Mother Mary.
This richly illustrated volume on Cult of the Goddess is a rare and priceless collection for art historians, researchers, students, and others interested in art, culture and religion.
Kalyan Kumar Chakravarty
Historical and Literary Tradition
1. Kali in Bengali Popular Psyche : Continuity and Change
2. Astronomical Significance of the Iconography of Goddess Durga
Biman B. Nath
3. Musical Goddesses in Buddhism
4. Royal Symbolism of the Prajnaparamita of Ta Prohm
6. The Evidence of a Goddess : The Cult of Tara, Trade and Patronage in Early Ladakh
7. The Journey of Goddess Tara : Adoption and Adaptation of a Buddhist Goddess in Hindu Tantric Worship
8. The Wonder that Is Chinnamasta
9. Goddesses in Vietnam : A Study of Mahishasuramardini
10. The Supreme Is Female
11. Vedic Goddesses
12. Goddess Varahi in Shaktism and Tantric Shaktism
13. Raudra and Saumya Aspects of the Goddess : A Study of Two Icons from the Camba Valley
14. Inversion of Feminine Beauty as an Expression of Terror : Orissan Images of Seated Camunda
16. Goddess Durga in Indian Miniatures
17. The Renaissance Madonna in Mughal Art : The San Diego Madonna and Child Attributed to Basawan
18. Gaja-Lakshmi : Coexisting Goddess in Buddhist Art and Culture
Goddess in Folk Tradition
19. Kadamkottu Makkam
20. Dancing in Circles : Representation of Radha in Rasalila Performance of Braj
21. Divine Marriage of the Goddess
22. Given to the Goddess : Cult of Yellamma
23. Sammakka Saralamma Jathara : Medaram Goddess Cult in Andhra Pradesh
24. Saptamat ka in Rural South India
25. Isaki Amman Worship in Southern Tamil Nadu
S. Simon John
26. Durga Puja at the British Museum
27. Goddess Manasa and BehulaLakhindar
28. Bonabibi of Sundarbans
29. Folk Goddesses of Bengal
Asis K. Chakrabarti
30. Cult of the Mother Goddess in North-East India
31. Goddesses in Orissa
32. Bhudevi and : The Gaia Hypothesis : Revival of a Cult
Purnima Bakshi Kanwar
33. Shalabhanjika : The Tree Goddess
Goddess in Contemporary Society
34. Gender and Nation : From Bharati to Bharata Mata
35. Mother India : Images of Woman and Nation
36. Cult of the Goddess and Cult of the Public
Parul Dave Mukherji
37. Goddess in Popular Culture
38. The Goddess Steps Out of the Iconographic Frame
39. Green Goddess
40. Manushi Swaccha Narayani : Avatar of a Secular Goddess for Street Vendors
41. Durga Puja : Goddess and Changing Mores
List of Contributors