Buddhist Goddesses of India

ISBN-10: 0691127581
ISBN-13: 9780691127583
Edition: 2007
Authors: Miranda Shaw
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Description: The Indian Buddhist world abounds with goddesses--transcendent wisdom figures, maternal nurturers, potent healers and protectors, voluptuous tree spirits, cosmic mothers of liberation, and dancing female Buddhas. But relatively little has been  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 592
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.442

The Indian Buddhist world abounds with goddesses--transcendent wisdom figures, maternal nurturers, potent healers and protectors, voluptuous tree spirits, cosmic mothers of liberation, and dancing female Buddhas. But relatively little has been published about these female deities, and until now no single resource was available. Buddhist Goddesses of India is the essential and definitive guide to these divinities that, as Miranda Shaw writes, "operate from transcendent planes of bliss and awareness for as long as their presence may benefit living beings." Beautifully illustrated, the book retells the legends of the deities, devoting a chapter each to the images and histories of nineteen goddesses--and conveying and interpreting their character and powers. Additional chapters address human figures and texts relevant to the goddess theme. Shaw draws on a sweeping range of material, from devotional poetry and meditation manuals to rituals and artistic images. Discussions of such intriguing traits as body color--what it means if a deity has a green or blue complexion, for instance--as well as stance, hairstyle, clothing, jewelry, hand gestures, and hand-held objects lend great insight into the symbolism and roles of each goddess. In addition to being a comprehensive reference, this book will enrich readers by acquainting them with the diverse range of deities that evolved through the early, Mahayana, and Tantric movements in India and found a place in the pantheons of Tibet and Nepal.

Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
Introduction
Ascent of the Sacred Female in Early Buddhism
Prthiv: Mother Earth
Mayadev: The Buddha's Wondrous Mother and Her Sacred Grove
Yaksins: Voluptuous, Magical Nature Spirits
Sri Laksmi: Glorious Good Fortune
Hariti: Goddess of Motherly Love
Female Buddhas: The Case of Gotami
Mahayana Mothers of Liberation
Goddesses in the Flower Ornament Scripture
Praj

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