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Devī

Arvind Sharma

in Modern Hindu Thought

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195676389
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195676389.003.0005
Devī

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The ultimate reality can be depicted as a feminine principle or devī, drawing attention to the Goddess tradition and its role in modern Hinduism. This has various manifestations such as Kālī the Mother, Mother India, Mother Religion, and Mother Gītā. In the context of modern Hinduism, it is important to examine the role of the Devī in the feminist movement; the role actually played by the Goddess tradition in the life of Indian men and women; and whether the Goddess tradition serves as a positive resource for women. An interesting precedent for the question of feminism and the Goddess is provided by the metaphorical metamorphosis of the sacrifice of Kālī during the threshold years of the nationalist movement in Bengal. The study of the Goddess can be argued to be a central issue in the study of Hinduism in the West and is gaining attention in India.

Keywords: Devī; Hinduism; India; Goddess; Kālī; feminist movement; feminism; women

Chapter.  983 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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