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Encountering Kali : In the Margins at the Center in the West

Rachel Fell McDermott and Jeffrey J Kripal

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ISBN 10: 8120820096 / ISBN 13: 9788120820098
Published by Motilal Banarsidass, 2005
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Contents Introducing Kali Studies/Jeffrey J. Kripal and Rachel Fell McDermott. I. Kali in the texts and contexts of South Asia 1. Kali/David R. Kinsley. 2. Kali the terrific and her tests the Sakta devotionalism of the Mahabhagavata Purana/Patricia Dold. 3. The domestication of a Goddess Carana tirtha Kalighat the Mahapitha of Kali/Sanjukta Gupta. 4. Dominating Kali Hindu family values and Tantric power/Usha Menon and Richard A. Shweder. 5. Kali in a context of terror the tasks of a Goddess in Sri Lanka's Civil War/Patricia Lawrence. 6. Kali Mayi Myth and reality in a Banaras Ghetto/Roxanne Kamayani Gupta. II. Kali in western settings western discourses 7. Wrestling with Kali South Asian and British constructions of the dark Goddess/Cynthia Ann Humes. 8. India's darkest heart Kali in the colonial imagination/Hugh B. Urban. 9. Why the Tantrika is a hero Kali in the psychoanalytic tradition/Jeffrey J. Kripal. 10. Doing the mother's Caribbean work on Shakti and society in contemporary Trinidad/Keith E. McNeal. 11. Margins at the center tracing Kali through time space and culture/Sarah Caldwell. 12. Kali's new frontiers a Hindu Goddess on the internet/Rachel Fell McDermott. Appendix documentary film and video resources for teaching on Kali and Fierce Goddesses/Sarah Caldwell. Select bibliography. Index. Encountering Kali explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen. The Hindu Goddess Kali is simultaneously understood as a blood thirsty warrior a deity of ritual possession a Tantric sexual partner and an all loving compassionate mother. Popular and scholarly interest in her has been on the rise in the west in recent years. Responding to this phenomenon McDermott and Kripal's volume focuses on the complexities involved in interpreting Kali in both her indigenous South Asian settings and her more recent western incarnations. Through the shifting lenses of scriptural history temple architecture political violence feminist and psychoanalytic criticism autobiographical reflection and the Goddess's recent guises on the internet the contributors pose questions that illuminate our understanding of Kali while addressing the problems and promises inherent in every act of cross cultural interpretation. 321 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 56545

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Title: Encountering Kali : In the Margins at the ...

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

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Encountering Kali explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen—the Hindu goddess Kali. She is simultaneously understood as a blood-thirsty warrior, a goddess of ritual possession, a Tantric sexual partner, and an all-loving, compassionate Mother. Popular and scholarly interest in her has been on the rise in the West in recent years. Responding to this phenomenon, this volume focuses on the complexities involved in interpreting Kali in both her indigenous South Asian settings and her more recent Western incarnations. Using scriptural history, temple architecture, political violence, feminist and psychoanalytic criticism, autobiographical reflection, and the goddess's recent guises on the Internet, the contributors pose questions relevant to our understanding of Kali, as they illuminate the problems and promises inherent in every act of cross-cultural interpretation.

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"The editors have assembled a South Asian/History of Religions dream team, and the result is a book that captures the sexy, gory power of the dark goddess who is the most exciting of all Hindu deities-and perhaps the most controversial and notorious of all deities. Academically profound and theoretically subtle, these essays are also vivid and juicy."—Wendy Doniger, author of The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade

"If any subject ever called for a book of many parts, it is Kali. These original and provocative essays, well chosen and thoughtfully organized, point to all sides of the Goddess's character. The result is a sharp and challenging book-the essential starting point for a new century of encountering Kali."—John Stratton Hawley, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Religion, Columbia University and co-editor of Devi: Goddesses of India

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