What is one to make of a group of
goddesses that includes a goddess whocuts her own head off, a goddess who sits
on a corpse while pulling the tongue of ademon, or a goddess who prefers sex with
Tantric Visions of the Divine
deals with a group of ten Hindu, tantric goddesses, the Mahavidyas, whoembody habits, attributes, or identitiesusually considered repulsive or sociallysubversive. It is within the context of tantric worship that devotees seek toidentify themselves with these forbiddinggoddesses. The Mahavidyas seem tofunction as "awakeners"—symbols thathelp to project one's consciousnessbeyond the socially acceptable or predictable.Kinsley not only describes the eccentric qualities of each of these goddesses,but seeks to interpret the Mahavidyas as agroup and to explain their importancefor understanding Tantra and the Hindu
This is a far-ranging and impressivelycomprehensive book... Kinsley's book willset a new standard for the kind of thorough scholarship that can and ideallyshould be brought to bear upon theinterpretation of Hindu goddesses andTantric deities."
"A wonderful study of these fascinatingand colorful goddessess...Readable andengaging...this is a very important work."
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