Encountering Kali, by McDermott, Rachel Fell
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- ISBN: 9780520232402 | 0520232402
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 4/1/2003
Encountering Kalexplores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen--the Hindu goddess Kal . 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 volume focuses on the complexities involved in interpreting Kal in both her indigenous South Asian settings and her more recent Western incarnations. Using scriptural history, temple architecture, political violence, feminist and psychoanalytic criticism, autobiographical reflection, and the goddess's recent guises on the Internet, the contributors pose questions relevant to our understanding of Kal , as they illuminate the problems and promises inherent in every act of cross-cultural interpretation.