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Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal

June McDaniel


This book provides an overview of Bengali goddess worship or Shakti. The book identifies three major forms of goddess worship, and examines each through its myths, folklore, songs, rituals, sacred texts, and practitioners. Drawing on years of fieldwork and extensive research, the book paints a portrait of this religious tradition.

Keywords: Bengali, goddess worship, Shakti, myths, folklore, songs, rituals, sacred texts, practitioners, religious tradition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195167900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

June McDaniel, author
College of Charleston
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