Buddhist Goddesses of India

Buddhist Goddesses of India

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Princeton University Press

The Indian Buddhist world abounds with goddesses—graceful nature divinities, maternal nurturers, potent healers, mighty protectors, transcendent wisdom figures, cosmic mothers of liberation, and dancing female Buddhas. Despite their importance in Buddhist thought and practice, female deities have received relatively little scholarly attention, and no comprehensive study of the female pantheon has been available.

Buddhist Goddesses of India chronicles the histories, legends, and artistic portrayals of nineteen goddesses and several related human figures and texts. Beautifully illustrated and 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 in this definitive and essential guide.



Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780691127583
0691127581
Branch Call Number: 294.342 SHA
Characteristics: xi, 571 p., 16 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm

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