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Setting the Literary and Ritual Scene in Eighteenth‐Century Bengal

Rachel Fell McDermott

in Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134353
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834457 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134354.003.0006
Setting the Literary and Ritual Scene in Eighteenth‐Century Bengal

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Introduces the textual and ceremonial influences on the emerging Hindu Śākta literature in eighteenth‐century Bengal. It traces the Sanskrit and Bengali textual precedents, and Vaiṣṇavism. It then looks at the ritual and devotional practices of the era.

Keywords: Bengal; Bengali; ceremony; Hinduism; history; India; poetry; ritual; Śāktism; Sanskrit; Vaiṣṇavism

Chapter.  7816 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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