The Living Goddess

50 % of the participants at any Goddess festival are male , as well they should be . Hindu men have simply never learned that the Goddess isn't relevant to them . Thankfully , the most ancient religion in the world still finds a home in ...

Author: Linda Johnsen

Publisher: Yes International Publishers

ISBN: 0936663286

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 185

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This beautiful book takes us to India today and shows us a Goddess who flourishes in temples, festivals, and in the hearts of millions. Johnsen penetrates the heart of the tradition to reveal that it offers not only an honouring of fertility and feminine values, but an amazing revelation of the limitless potentials of human consciousness.

Living Our Religions

While the practices as- sociated with Hinduism were evident from at least 800 C.E., Hinduism became the royal religion under the Malla kings who ruled from the twelfth to eighteenth centuries C.E. The palace of the living goddess, ...

Author: Anjana Narayan

Publisher: Kumarian Press

ISBN: 9781565492707

Category: Religion

Page: 341

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The population of the South Asian Diaspora in the US is over 2.5 million people. Yet in a post 9/11 climate of opinion, little is known about this group beyond images of Muslim and Hindu fundamentalists and terrorists. This is particularly true of women where simplistic assumptions about veils and subordination obscure the voices of the women themselves. Rarely are Hindu and Muslim American women—many of whom are social workers, physicians, lawyers, academics, students, homemakers—asked about their everyday lives and religious beliefs. Living our Religions brings out these hidden stories from South Asian American women of Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian and Nepali origin. Their accounts show how diverse and culturally dynamic religious practices emerge within the intersection of histories and politics of specific locales. The authors describe the race, gender, and ethnic boundaries they encounter; they also document how they resist and challenge these boundaries. Living our Religions cuts through the myths and ethnocentrism of popular portrayals to reveal the vibrancy, courage and agency of an invisible minority. Other Contributors: Shobha Hamal Gurung, Selina Jamil, Salma Kamal, Shweta Majumdar, Bidya Ranjeet, Shanthi Rao, Aysha Saeed, Monoswita Saha, Neela, Bhattacharya Saxena, Parveen Talpur, Elora Halim Chowdhury and Rafia Zakaria

The Oxford History of Hinduism

The life pathways of the two heroines of that story, both existing as goddesses for a time, will help us to examine ... Stories about a godlike character and her/his divine origin are commonplace, although not every living goddess has a ...

Author: Mandakranta Bose

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198767022

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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This book explains how Hindus think about divinity in its feminine aspect, as the supreme creative energy of the cosmos. That energy is a single abstract idea but manifests itself in many forms, each imagined as a goddess with particular powers and functions.

Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power

I just received dars'an twice from a living Goddess. This is why I am here. This is what I have come for, to experience Her Sakti, to pay homage to Her, to thank Herfor making my wish to come and see Her again come true.

Author: Laura Amazzone

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761853138

Category: Religion

Page: 276

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"Amazzone's voice is strong and clear. Goddess Durga promises the transformation, empowerment, and dignity that is our birthright."-Marisa Tomei, Academy Award-winning actor.

Goddesses in World Culture

Living. Goddess. Jeffrey. S. Lidke. The word kum"ar"ı comes from the ancient East Indian language of Sanskrit and means ''young girl, virgin.'' Throughout India, Nepal, and other regions of South Asia there is a strong and longstanding ...

Author: Patricia Monaghan

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313354650

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 933

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This collection of accessible essays relates the stories of individual goddesses from around the world, exploring their roles in the cultures from which they came, their histories and status today, and the controversies surrounding them. * 63 essays cover more than 100 goddesses and goddess-like figures from world culture, with volumes organized by geographic area * Many original translations of prayers, sagas, and other sources not otherwise readily available in English * 60 illustrations include ethnographic photographs, depictions of ancient artifacts, and original artwork * An extensive list of bibliography of sources about the figure and culture discussed accompanies each essay

Goddess of Gotham

I am a living goddess. A trainee one. Or at least I was.' 'And?' 'And, well, that's it. Except I'm not one any more, so it's all OK. I'm like you, like everyone else. Normal. Well, almost. I know I scared you off because I acted kind of ...

Author: Amanda Lees

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848121799

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

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The first book in the exciting Kumari Goddess trilogy Kumari is a goddess-in-training who lives in a secret valley kingdom. She is destined to stay young forever, unlike people in the World Beyond. But Kumari longs to break out of her closeted life at the palace, where her only real friend is a baby vulture, and there's nothing to think about . . . except the mystery of her mother's death. It's hard to kill a goddess, but someone did. And so Kumari steals away to the Holy Mountain, determined to summon Mamma back from the dead and to find out the truth. But the next thing Kumari knows, she's in the World Beyond - in Manhattan! Surrounded by strange buildings and even stranger people, and running for her life through Macy's Thanksgiving Parade . . .

The Double Goddess

Gimbutas, The Living Goddess, 129. 55. Ibid., 121. 56. Ibid., 134. 57. Ibid., 149. 58. Martin P. Nilsson, The Minoan-Mycenaean Religion and its Survival in Greek Religion, 2nd rev. ed., (Lund, Sweden: Gleerup, 1950), 79. 59.

Author: Vicki Noble

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781591438663

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 296

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The first book to seriously study the double goddess that figures prominently in Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures. • Offers an important symbol for modern women seeking to reconnect with their ancient, integral sense of self and wholeness. • Presents an archetype for the sacred potential of female bonding, whether between mother and daughter, teacher and student, friends, or lovers. • Illustrated with 149 examples of double goddess images. Numerous figures depicting two women in intimate relation with one another, or as a single body with two heads, have been discovered in important centers of early civilizations such as Catal Huyuk and Gozo. These have been routinely ignored by scholars or dismissed as mere dolls with no sacred connotations whatsoever. Vicki Noble shows, to the contrary, that this double goddess is an ancient icon that can considerably expand our understanding of female sovereignty, as well as provide contemporary women with a way to reconnect with the integral sense of self and wholeness enjoyed by their ancestors. Ancient Goddess religion was informed by the organic cycles of nature--the dual poles of Life and Death. The double goddess represents phenomena such as the Earth-Moon pair, the Upper-Underworld pair, the Summer and Winter poles of the seasonal year, and the dual poles of the female biological reality of menstruation and ovulation--the dark and the light. The double goddess in all her varied forms also depicts the vast array of potential relationships women can form with themselves and each other. This book is a celebration of an archetype that not only empowers women, but also teaches them how to share that power with each other.

Silhouettes of the Soul

Kinsley, D. R. (1988), Hindu Goddesses : Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition, Berkeley, ... (2007), Living Virgin Goddess Kumārī: Her Worship, Fate of Ex-Kumārīs & Sceptical Views; Most Authentic and ...

Author: Otto Von Busch

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350179929

Category: Design

Page: 216

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What is the relationship between the soul, or inner life, and what we wear in the making of identity and belief? What bearing do religious and political belonging, respectability, and resistance have on the way in which we dress? Why have more traditional religious practices been so prescriptive about body adornment? Historically, fashionable dress and religion have been positioned as polar opposites. Silhouettes of the Soul brings them together, placing them in conversation with each other. By moving beyond traditional, social scientific, and historical analysis of religious attire and adornment the book presents a variety of disciplinary approaches from across regional, social, and religious locations. Contentious and challenging, as well as academically rigorous, the book's diverse range of contributors - from fashion and religious studies scholars, to designers, activists, monastics, and journalists - explore the relationship between religion and fashion, extending the meanings and possibilities of both dress and spirituality. Combining interviews and personal stories with more traditional theoretical analysis, Silhouettes of the Soul offers new ways of looking at the relationship between religion, personal convictions, and self-expression - our sense of self and our sense of fashion.

Living and Working in Ancient Egypt

Goddess. Born in 69 BCE, Cleopatra was no ordinary princess. She was born a living goddess! Cleopatra grew up in immense luxury. She lived in a marble palace in Alexandria, along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Even as a child, ...

Author: Joanne Randolph

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766089679

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Information-packed text and full-color imagery will transport readers to ancient Egypt, as they discover what it was like to live and work in this harshly beautiful place. Readers will also gain an understanding of how environment can shape belief as they find out about the Sun god Ra and life in the desert thousands of years ago.

The Starship Diaries

In the Durbar Square area of Kathmandu was found the Living Goddess temple. This large red-bricked, ornately detailed residence with a large internal courtyard is home to a pre-pubescent girl selected for the role of the Living Goddess.

Author: Dallas Kachan

Publisher: 11010011

ISBN: 9780779500741

Category: Transportation

Page: 401

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