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Vicissitudes of the Goddess : reconstructions of the Gramadevata in India's religious traditions /

"This book provides a detailed history of Hindu goddess traditions with a special focus on the local goddesses of Andhra Pradesh, past and present. The antiquity and the evolution of these goddess traditions are illustrated and documented with the help of archaeological reports, literary source...

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Main Author: Sree Padma, 1956- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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Table of Contents:
  • Goddess explained, perspectives from the West
  • Contextualizing the fertility goddess and the Gramadevata
  • Fertility symbols of goddesses : historical renderings and contemporary practices
  • Profiles of anthropomorphic goddesses in myth, ritual, and history
  • Bala Perantalu : auspicious virgin mothers
  • Perantalu : auspicious wives
  • Deifying victimized women : sacrifices and murders.