Chapter

Introduction

June McDaniel

in Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167900
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849970 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the goddess Shakti and goddess worship in India. It then describes the types of Shaktism: folk/tribal Shaktism, tantric/yogic Shaktism, and Shakta devotion or bhakti. It discusses the difficulty in determining who is a Shakta and presents some background on Bengali religion and literature.

Keywords: India; goddess worship; Shakti; Shaktism; Bengali

Chapter.  10678 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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