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7 Secrets Of Shiva - Devdutt Pattanaik

7 Secrets Of Shiva – Devdutt Pattanaik

Shiva, 'the destroyer' among the Hindu trinity (of gods), is depicted in many contradictory manners. He is an ascetic who wears animal skin, his body smeared with ashes. Contradictory to his wild nature, he is also depicted as having a family, with a beautiful wife and two children. There are many more such varied representations of Shiva, the most prominent of these being the Linga and the Nataraja. The author, Devdutt Pattanaik, introduces the readers ...
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Encountering Kali In the Margins, at the Center, in the West - Rachel Fell McDermott, Jeffrey J. Kripal

Encountering Kali In the Margins, at the Center, in the West – Rachel Fell McDermott, Jeffrey J. Kripal

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 ...
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