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Fierce Feminine Divinities of Eurasia and Latin America : Baba Yaga, Kali, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte
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In this provocative book, Oleszkiewicz-Peralba examines untamed feminine divinities from around the world. Although distant geographically, these divine figures are surprisingly similar–representing concepts of liminality, outsiderhood, and structural inferiority, embodied in the divine feminine. These strong, independent, unrestrained figures are connected to the periphery and to magical powers, including power over sexuality, transformation, and death. Oleszkiewicz-Peralba offers a study of the origin and worship of four feminine deities across cultures and continents: the Slavic Baba Yaga, the Hindu Ka¯li¯, the Brazilian Pombagira, and the Mexican Santa Muerte. Although these divinities have often been marginalized through dismissal, demonization, and dulcification, they continue to be extremely attractive, as they empower their devotees confronting them with the ultimate reality of transience and death. Oleszkiewicz-Peralba examines how these sacred icons have been adapted and transformed across time and place.
Number of Pages: 188
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Gender Studies, Anthropology / Cultural, Ethnic Studies / General
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-peralba
Street Date: September 10, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-01-3529
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