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Singing to the Goddess : Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal - Rachel Fell McDermott

Singing to the Goddess

Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal

Hardcover Published: 1st February 2001
ISBN: 9780195134339
Number Of Pages: 208

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This 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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"This book has now set the standard in the field of Bangala Sakta literary studies and, I would venture to guess, will maintain that position for years to come. Singing to the Goddess is both a text to use in the classroom and a poetry anthology to savor." --Journal of American Oriental Society "This book has now set the standard in the field of Bangala Sakta literary studies and, I would venture to guess, will maintain that position for years to come. Singing to the Goddess is both a text to use in the classroom and a poetry anthology to savor." --Journal of American Oriental Society "These poems are a delight. The translations are elegant and faithful to the original Bengali. [. . .] [Singing to the Goddess] is highly recommended to those interested in [Indian Goddess devotion], and to those interested in Bengali culutre in general. [. . .] McDermott has done well here."--The Journal of Asian Studies

Introduction
Pathways to the Sakta Poetry: Sources, Precedents, and Influencesp. 3
Poets for the Goddessp. 7
Family Resemblances: Sakta Padavali as Bhakti Poetryp. 11
The Challenges and Choices in Designing an Anthologyp. 12
Notes on Transliteration, Translation, and Word Definitionp. 14
The Poems
Kali among the Corpses: Poems of Battlep. 19
The Cosmic Goddess of Transformationp. 38
The Magician's Daughter and Her Playful Deceptionsp. 47
"What Kind of Mother Are You?" Cries of Complaintp. 52
Petitioning the Compassionatep. 66
"Oh My Mind!": Instructing the Selfp. 76
Prioritizing Paths: Tantra, Devotion, and Ritualp. 92
The Experience of Kundalini Yogap. 103
In Defiance of Deathp. 118
Adoring the Daughter: Agamani and Vijaya Poems for Umap. 123
Notesp. 153
A Guide to Selected Names, Terms, and Textsp. 173
Discographyp. 181
Index of Poems by Author and First Line (English)p. 183
Index of Poems by Author and First Line (Bengali)p. 187
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ISBN: 9780195134339
ISBN-10: 0195134338
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st February 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.48

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