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Indian Mother Goddess

N N Bhattacharyya

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ISBN 10: 8173043248 / ISBN 13: 9788173043246
Published by Manohar, New Delhi, 1999
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Contents Preface. Abbreviations. I. Introduction 1. Development of the conception. 2. Mother Goddess and the cults and rituals of fertility. 3. Mother Goddess and agricultural myths. 4. Mother Goddess and female dominated societies. II. The mothers forms of the cult 5. Earth and corn mothers. 6. The protectress of children. 7. The city Goddesses. 8. The Goddess and the animal world. 9. The Goddesses of disease. 10. The war Goddesses. 11. The Goddesses of mountains lakes and rivers. 12. The blood thirsty Goddesses. 13. The Tribal divinities. III. Mother Goddesses in literary and mythological records 14. Prologue. 15. Goddesses of Egypt and Western Asia. 16. Goddesses of Greece and Asia minor. 17. Goddesses of Mesopotamia and Iran.18. Goddesses in the Vedic literature of India. 19. Goddesses in the epics. 20. Goddesses in Jain and Buddhist literature. 21. Goddesses in South Indian literature. 22. Goddesses in the Puranas. 23. Goddesses in other literary works. 24. Goddesses in some epigraphical records. IV. Mother Goddesses in archaeology 25. The earliest archeological specimens. 26. The Harappan Goddess and her western counterparts. 27. The Vedic and post vedic cults. 28. Specializations the Gupta age. 29. Mahisamardini and other forms of Durga. 30. Uma Parvati etc. 31. Lakshmi and Sarasvati. 32. Matrkas Yoginis etc. 33. Other forms of the Goddess and their shrines. 34. Buddhist and Jain Goddesses. V. Mother Goddess and the advanced religious systems 35. Mother Goddess and Christianity. 36. Mother Goddess and Taoism. 37. Mother Goddess and Buddhism. 38. Mother Goddess and Vaisnavism. 39. Mother Goddess and Saivism. 40. Mother Goddess and Tantric Saktism. Appendices i. Regional distribution of the Goddess cult. ii. The female dominated societies. iii. Fertility rites as the basis of tantricism. iv. The realm of Kamakhya. v. A list of important puranic Goddesses. Bibliography. Index. 363 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 60003

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Title: Indian Mother Goddess

Publisher: Manohar, New Delhi

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition:As New

Edition: Reprint

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This study correlates the cult of the Indian Mother Goddess with similar cults found in different parts of the world. This 3rd enlarged edition includes five appendices, viz., Regional Distribution of the Goddess Cult; the Female-Dominated Societies; and Fertility Rites as the Basis of Tantricism.

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A retired professor of Calcutta University, Dr. Bhattacharyya presided over the Ancient India section of the Indian History Congress in 1992.

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