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Buddhist Goddesses of India (Paperback) (Miranda Shaw)

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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.

Number of Pages: 571
Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Buddhism / General, Folklore + Mythology
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr
Author: Miranda Shaw
Language: English
Street Date: August 25, 2015
TCIN: 46777472
UPC: 9780691168548
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-1987
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