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Singing to the GoddessPoems to Kali and Uma from Bengal$
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Rachel Fell McDermott

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134346

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195134346.001.0001

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The Poems

The Poems

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(p.17) The Poems
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Singing to the Goddess
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Rachel Fell McDermott (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195134346.003.0002

Translations of ten Bengali Hindu Śākta poems are presented, each prefaced by an explanatory introduction. The poems are: Kālī among the corpses: poems of battle; The cosmic goddess of transformation; The magician's daughter and her playful deceptions; “What kind of mother are you?” Cries of complaint; Petitioning the compassionate; “Oh my mind!”: instructing the self; Prioritizing paths: Tantra, devotion, and ritual; The experience of Kuṇḍalinī yoga; In defiance of death; and Adoring the daughter: Āgamanī and Vijayā poems for Umā.

Keywords:   Bengal, Bengali, goddesses, Hinduism, history, India, Kālī, poems, poetry, Śāktism, Umā

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