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Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine The Ten Mahavidyas

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ISBN-10: 0520204999

ISBN-13: 9780520204997

Edition: 1998

Authors: David Kinsley

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The Hindu pantheon is rich in images of the divine feminine--deities representing a wide range of symbolic, social, and meditative meanings. David Kinsley's new book documents a highly unusual group of ten Hindu tantric goddesses, the Mahavidyas, many of whom are strongly associated with sexuality and violence. What is one to make of a goddess who cuts her own head off, or one who prefers sex with a corpse? The Mahavidyas embody habits, attributes, or identities usually considered repulsive or socially subversive and can be viewed as "antimodels" for women. Yet it is within the context of tantric worship that devotees seek to identify themselves with these forbidding goddesses. The…    
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/18/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 289
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

The Mahavidyas as a Group
The Individual Mahavidyas
Kali: The Black Goddess
Tara: The Goddess Who Guides through Troubles
Tripura-sundari: She Who Is Lovely in the Three Worlds
Bhuvanesvari: She Whose Body Is the World
Chinnamasta: The Self-Decapitated Goddess
Bhairavi: The Fierce One
Dhumavati: The Widow Goddess
Bagalamukhi: The Paralyzer
Matangi: The Outcaste Goddess
Kamala: The Lotus Goddess
Concluding Reflections