Oh Terrifying Mother: Sexuality, Violence and Worship of the Goddess Kali

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Oh Terrifying Mother is an anthropological exploration of a South Indian ritual in which male actors become possessed by the fierce goddess Bhagvati as a divine offering. By providing an on-the-ground look at the many meanings of Kali to those who worship her, this book fills an important niche in the burgeoning literature on Hindu goddesses.

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Sarah Caldwell is at California State University,Chico, USA.

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"I recommend the book as a new classic and primary source in post-modern anthropology... The brilliance of Caldwell's text is in giving the reader an experience akin to the audience at the ritual."--Journal of Anthropological Research


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