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By Hillary Rodrigues

In the course of a nine-day interval each autumn, Hindus in India and in the course of the international worship the good Goddess, Durga--the bold deity who's enjoyed like a mom. some of the most dramatic and well known of those celebrations is the Durga Puja, a ceremony famous for its visible pageantry, ritual complexity, and communal participation. during this ebook, Hillary Peter Rodrigues describes the Bengali type of Durga Puja practiced within the sacred urban of Banaras from starting to finish. A romanization of the Sanskrit litany is incorporated in addition to an English translation.
In addition to the liturgical description, Rodrigues presents info at the rite's part components and mythic elements. There are interpretive sections on puja, the good Goddess, women's roles within the ritual, and the socio-cultural services of the ritual. Rodrigues keeps that the Durga Puja is a ceremony of cosmic rejuvenation, of empowerment at either the non-public and social degrees, and a ceremony that orchestrates manifestations of the female, either Divine and human.

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