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Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams
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Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams: Kali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal

Rachel Fell McDermott

Abstract

This book chronicles the rise and subsequent fortunes of Hindu goddess worship, or Śāktism, in the region of Bengal from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present. The primary documents are lyrics directed to the goddesses Kālī and Umā, beginning with those of the first of the Śākta lyricist devotees, Rāmprasād Sen (ca. 1718–1775) and Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya (ca. 1769–1821), and continuing up through those of the gifted poet Kājī Najrul Islām (1899–1976). The author has used extensive research from primary historical texts as well as from secondary Bengali and English source material ... More

Keywords: Bengal, Bengali poetry, Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya, goddess worship, Hinduism, Kājī Najrul Islām, Kālī, poetry, Śāktism, Rāmprasād Sen, Umā

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195134353
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195134354.001.0001

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Rachel Fell McDermott, author
Barnard College
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