Singing to the Goddess
Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal
By (author) Rachel Fell McDermott
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Singing to the Goddess by Rachel Fell McDermott
Book DescriptionThis vibrant collection presents 145 brief Bengali lyric poems dedicated to the Hindu goddesses Kali and Uma. These poems - many of which are presented here for the first time in English translation - were written from the early eighteenth century up to the contemporary period. They represent the unique Bengali tradition of goddess worship (Saktism) as it developed over this period. Included are forty poems by the most famous of all Sakta poets, Ramprasad Sen (c.1718-1775) and ten lyrics by the renowned 20th-century poet Kazi Nazrul Islam. McDermott's lucid introduction places these works in their historical context and shows how images of the goddesses evolved over the centuries. Her lively translations of these poetic lyrics evoke the passion and devotion of the followers of Kali and Uma and shed light on the history and practice of goddess worship.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195134346
(234mm x 153mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rachel Fell McDermott
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Explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen - the Hindu goddess Kali. This title focuses on the complexities involved in interpreting Kali in both her indigenous South Asian settings and her Western incarnations. It illuminates the problems and promises inherent in various acts of cross-cultural interpretation.
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Author Biography - Rachel Fell McDermott
Rachel McDermott is Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College.
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