ICSM Devi: Power and Narrative in Hindu Goddess Traditions
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Durgā (Hindu deity)--Cult
Durgā-pūjā (Hindu festival)--India--West Bengal
Kālī (Hindu deity)
Kālī (Hindu deity)--Cult--India
Parvati (Hindu deity)--Poetry
Lakshmi (Hindu deity)--Cult
Sītā (Hindu deity) in literature
Santoshī Mātā (Hindu deity)
Goddesses, Hindu--Prayer-books and devotions--History and criticism
Women in Hinduism
Women and religion--India
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Krishna (Hindu deity)
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Rāma (Hindu deity)--Cult
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Selected Ebook Central Titles
Hinduism: Goddesses & Women:
- Hindu Goddesses : Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition
- Song of the Goddess : The Devi Gita: Spiritual Counsel of the Great Goddess
- Invoking Lakshmi : The Goddess of Wealth in Song and Ceremony
- Ritual Worship of the Great Goddess : The Liturgy of the Durga Puja with Interpretations
- Singing to the Goddess : Poems to Kali and Uma from Bengal
- Sarasvati : Riverine Goddess of Knowledge : From the Manuscript-carrying Vina-player to the Weapon-wielding Defender of the Dharma
- Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls : Popular Goddess Worship in West Bengal
- Lord Who Is Half Woman : Ardhanarisvara in Indian and Feminist Perspective
- Encountering Kali : In the Margins, at the Center, in the West
- Raja Nal and the Goddess : The North Indian Epic Dhola in Performance
- Revelry, Rivalry, and Longing for the Godesses of Bengal : The Fortunes of Hindu Festivals
- Female Ascetics in Hinduism
- Women in Ochre Robes : Gendering Hindu Renunciation
- Goddesses and Women in the Indic Religious Tradition
- Jewels of Authority : Women and Textual Tradition in Hindu India
- Woman as Fire, Woman as Sage : Sexual Ideology in the Mahabharata
- Everyday Nationalism : Women of the Hindu Right in India
Hinduism: General Resources:
- Hinduism: A very Short Introduction
- Hinduism Today : An Introduction
- Understanding Hinduism
- Unifying Hinduism : Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History
- Rethinking Hindu Identity
- Eclecticism and Modern Hindu Discourse
- Survey of Hinduism
- Eclecticism and Modern Hindu Discourse
- Philosophy of the Upanisads
- Rethinking India's Oral and Classical Epics
- Goddesses and Women in the Indic Religious Tradition
- Bringing the Gods to Mind : Mantra and Ritual in Early Indian Sacrifice
- Ethics in Ancient India
- Hindu Psychology
- Hindu Nationalism
- Saffron Wave: Democracy & Hindu Nationalism in Modern India
- God Market : How Globalization Is Making India More Hindu
From Gale Virtual Reference:
Selected Web Sites
- "Worship of the Goddess in Hinduism" Essay by Sarah Caldwell, professor of religious studies.
- "The Loving Aspect of Holy Mother" Essay posted by the Vedanta Society of New York. The Society's Web site has other interesting resources.
- Devi: The Great Goddess Virtual exhibit from the Smithsonian.
- Hindu Image Gallery See especially Images of Pavati.
- Shakti: The Power of the Feminine Brief overview from the Asia Society.
- ReligionFacts: Hindu Goddesses
- Picturing the Goddess: Bazaar Images and the Imagination of Modern Hindu Religious Identity:
Recent Ph.D. dissertation from Vanderbilt University.
Hinduism: General Resources:
- Internet Sacred Text Archive: Hinduism: Full text of the Vedas, Puranas, Laws, Epics, etc.
- Virtual Religion Index: Hindu Studies: See especially the General Resources and Theology & Devotion. Note: the link to Devata: "the feminine side of divinity" is broken, but you can go to the Shiva Shakti site and scroll down to find it on the left.
- Virtual Religion Library: Hinduism: Good gateway.
- Hinduism: Paul Flesher of the University of Wyoming wrote and collected the content here as an introduction to the basics of Hindu belief.
- Hinduism: A monograph published by the Indian government in 1965. It provides a good, comprehensive overview.
- Hinduism Today: A magazine site, but with lots of free content under News and Education tabs at the top. See especially the free PDF version of their book What is Hinduism?
- Kauai's Hindu Monastery: Publishers of Hinduism Today (see above), this site offers additional content, especially under Publications, Study, and Hindu Basics.
- Oxford Center for Hindu Studies: Lectures: The OCHS makes its lectures freely available as podcasts and downloads. Open "Previous Lectures," which includes "Goddesses."
- Religious Tolerance: Hinduism: A liberal, multi-faith group especially interested in comparative religion.
India: General Resources:
- Center for the Advanced Study of India: Resources: Categorized links from the University of Pennsylvania.
- Brookings Institute: India: Research reports from a leading think tank. Note the "More on India" link at the bottom of the page.
- CIA World Factbook: India
- World Bank: India
- World Health Organization: India
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