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Encountering Kālī – In the Margins, at the Center, in the West - California Scholarship Online
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Encountering Kālī: In the Margins, at the Center, in the West

Rachel Fell McDermott and Jeffrey Kripal


This book explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen—the Hindu goddess Kālī. She is simultaneously understood as a blood-thirsty warrior, a goddess of ritual possession, a Tantric sexual partner, and an all-loving, compassionate Mother. Popular and scholarly interest in her has been on the rise in the West in recent years. Responding to this phenomenon, this book focuses on the complexities involved in interpreting Kālī in both her indigenous South Asian settings and her more recent Western incarnations. Using scriptural history, temple architecture, political violence, ... More

Keywords: Hindu goddess, Kālī, warrior, ritual possession, sexual partner, compassionate Mother

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520232396
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520232396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Fell McDermott, editor

Jeffrey Kripal, editor

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