Chapter

The Poems

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/10.1093/0195134346.003.0002
The Poems

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Translations of ten Bengali Hindu Śākta poems are presented, each prefaced by an explanatory introduction. The poems are: Kālī among the corpses: poems of battle; The cosmic goddess of transformation; The magician's daughter and her playful deceptions; “What kind of mother are you?” Cries of complaint; Petitioning the compassionate; “Oh my mind!”: instructing the self; Prioritizing paths: Tantra, devotion, and ritual; The experience of Kuṇḍalinī yoga; In defiance of death; and Adoring the daughter: Āgamanī and Vijayā poems for Umā.

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

Chapter.  26184 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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