Buddhist Goddesses of India
The Indian Buddhist world abounds with goddesses--voluptuous tree spirits, maternal nurturers, potent healers and protectors, transcendent wisdom figures, cosmic mothers of liberation, and dancing female Buddhas. Despite their importance in Buddhist thought and practice, these female deities have received relatively little scholarly attention, and no comprehensive study of the female pantheon has been available. Buddhist Goddesses of India is the essential and definitive guide to divinities that, as Miranda Shaw writes, "operate from transcendent planes of bliss and awareness for as long as their presence may benefit living beings."
Beautifully illustrated, the book chronicles the histories, legends, and artistic portrayals of nineteen goddesses and several related human figures and texts. Drawing on a sweeping range of material, from devotional poetry and meditation manuals to rituals and artistic images, Shaw reveals the character, powers, and practice traditions of the female divinities. Interpretations of intriguing traits such as body color, stance, hairstyle, clothing, jewelry, hand gestures, and handheld objects lend deep insight into the symbolism and roles of each goddess.
In addition to being a comprehensive reference, this book traces the fascinating history of these goddesses as they evolved through the early, Mahayana, and Tantric movements in India and found a place in the pantheons of Tibet and Nepal.
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Female deities in India represent the energies, powers, and beings that influence human life and also reflect the core of the human spirit that may be awakened through spiritual practice. This first comprehensive survey of Buddhist female deities fills a gap in academic treatment of the goddess role in the evolution of Buddhism. Shaw (religion, Univ. of Richmond;Passionate Enlightenment: Women in Tantric Buddhism ) based her research on primary texts, artistic sources, archaeological remains, and iconographic analysis to produce a comprehensive overview of 19 goddesses placed in cultural context. Three chapters provide an introduction to the role of the goddess in Buddhism, with subsequent chapters each devoted to one deity. Each overview includes dates of emergence in literature and art, the evolution of icons, the range of epiphanies, types of religious practices figured in, and evolution of the goddess's nature and religious role. Historically, the volume covers goddess evolution in India from the earliest literature up through the 12th century and includes the transmission of the goddesses to Tibet and Nepal. Each chapter is a complete work on a single goddess and may be read independently. Highly recommended for academic and public collections.-Jerry Shuttle, East Tennessee State Univ., Johnson City
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Used this as a reference book for certain pieces and did not read the whole book. The information that I did access from here was very useful and I would recommend it.
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Sri Laksmi Glorious Good Fortune
Hariti Goddess of Motherly Love
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Goddesses in the Flower Ornament Scripture
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Nairatmya Her Body Is the Sky
Chinnamunda SeveredHeaded Goddess
Simhamukha LionFaced Female Buddha
Kurukulla Red Enchantress with Flowered Bow
Prajnaparamita Luminous Mother of Perfect Wisdom
Parnasavari Healing Goddess Clothed in Leaves
Marici Lady of Sunrise Splendor
Janguli The Buddhist Snake Goddess
Sarasvati Divine Muse
Vasudhara Lady Bountiful
CUNDA Saving Grace
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