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The Great Bhakti Goddesses of West Bengal Durga and Kali

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/9780195167900.003.0005
The Great Bhakti Goddesses of West Bengal Durga and Kali

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In order to understand Bengali Shaktism, it is important to know the major goddesses that inspire devotion and awe, and their history and origins. The great bhakti goddesses of West Bengal are Durga and Kali. Durga and Kali are perhaps unusual as bhakti goddesses for they have roots in folk Shaktism, though their more brahmanical devotees claim exclusively Vedic and puranic origins. Although their dominant aspect today is bhakti, it is clear that they have many other dimensions as well. This chapter traces the strands of Shaktism by examining their worship and histories.

Keywords: Bengali Shaktism; goddess worship; bhakti goddess; devotion; Durga; Kali

Chapter.  27801 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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