Conceiving the Goddess

Transformation and Appropriation in Indic Religions

Edited by: Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat, Ian Mabbett

Conceiving the Goddess is a sequel to The Iconic Female: Goddesses of India, Nepal and Tibet (2008), an exploration of goddess cults in South Asia. This book furthers research on South Asian goddesses. The theme running through all the contributions, with their multiple approaches and points of view, is the concept of appropriation, a notion prominent in recent scholarship. In the present case of goddess worship, appropriation can be recognized when one religious group adopts a religious belief or practice not formerly its own. What is the motivation behind these actions? Are such actions attempts to dominate, or to resist the domination of others, or to adapt to changing social circumstances? Conceiving the Goddess seeks the answers to such questions in a variety of settings: a Jain goddess lurking in a Brahminical temple; a village goddess who turned into the patroness of the powerful Peshwa lords; the millennia-long story of the goddess Ekveera who was adopted by a fishing community; the mythology of Parvati, consort of the great god Siva; the fraught relationship between the humble Camar caste and the river goddess Ganga; the mutual appropriation of disciple and goddess in the tantric exercises of Kashmiri Saivism; and more. Author Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2011. (Series: Monash Asia Series) [Subject: Religious Studies, Anthropology, South Asian Studies]~


Publication Date: 1/1/2017
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781925377309