Author – John Stratton Hawley and Donna Marie Wulff
Rating – 5/5 stars
Number of Pages – 366
Publisher – Aleph Book Co. (Rupa Publications)
Hindu religion believes in worshiping Devi: the symbol of strength. There is not one but many goddesses, people believe and worship. Devi is a mother goddess. Mother is always considered greater than the God and a counterpart of God on earth. Devi is considered as a mother and goddess, a savior of life and protects from evil.
Devi is a book for scholars, students of literature, religious studies and Hindu studies. This is not for general readers. It is not a story book but a research on Hindu goddesses of India. It is a valuable edition in terms of knowledge and insight the faith and customs of worshipping the goddesses which are the embodiment of vigor and change. Goddesses give an identity to women who are Saraswati: the goddess of knowledge and Kali: the fearless goddess.
The book was first released in 1997 and released in India by Aleph book Co. recently. The book has everything one needs to know about Hindu religion, goddess worship and many more.
An extraordinary and powerful read for beginners of Hindu and religious studies allowing them to soak in the extensive fieldwork, combining the texts of research of scholars who have been working in the field on the identity, existence, and influence on the minds of their worshipers.
What is the significance of the practice of worshipping Hindu goddesses where on one side the culture is known to be dominated by male gender? This extraordinary book explores twelve different Hindu goddesses worshiped in various parts of the country and known by different names, and fondly called by their worshipers as Devi, the great goddess.
John Stratton Hawley is Claire Two Professor of Religion, Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement and, with Kenneth Bryant, of Sur’s Ocean: Poems from the Early Tradition. He is the co-editor, with Vasudha Narayana, of The Life of Hinduism.
Donna M. Wulff is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, Brown University, where she founded and directed the South Asian Concentration Program. Her publication includes Drama as a Mode of Religious Realization-a book on the Sanskrit plays of Rupa Gosvami-as well as articles on Sanskrit aesthetic theory, the religious significance of sound and music in India, and Hindu nationalism. She is working on a book-length study of a modern Bengali form of religious performance, padavali Kirtan. She was the co-editor, with John Stratton Hawley, of The Divine Consort: Radha and the Goddesses of India.
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