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Introduction

Rachel Fell McDermott

in Singing to the Goddess

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134346
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199868056 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134346.003.0001
Introduction

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This introduction to the book has five sections. These cover discussion of: the pathways to Bengali Hindu Śākta poetry (sources, precedents, and influences); the 164 compositions by 37 representative poets for the goddesses Kālī and Umā that are included in the book; family resemblances — the Śākta Padavali (collected poems to the goddess — a genre of poetry focussed on Kālī and Umā) as bhakti (devotional attitude) poetry; the challenges and choices in designing an anthology; and notes on transliteration, translation, and word definition.

Keywords: Bengal; Bengali; bhakti; goddesses; Hinduism; history; India; Kālī; poetry; poets; Śāktism; Umā

Chapter.  6642 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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