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  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520063392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520063396
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,037,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A compendious survey of major Hindu goddesses . . . The kind of book that one can readily recommend to students for clear, reliable information and reasonable commentary on the goddesses it examines."--Glenn Yocum, "Religious Studies Review

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David Kinsley is Professor of Religion at McMaster University, Canada. He is the author of Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine: The Ten Mahavidyas (California, 1997), and The Sword and the Flute: Kali and Krisna, Dark Visions of the Terrible and Sublime in Hindu Mythology (California, 1975).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 1998
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David Kinsley's work is always thorough - this book is no exception. Each chapter details one Hindu Goddess, including rituals, poems, texts, and background. It is an interesting read and a great place to start researching a particular Goddess. My only complaint is that the pictures are of really poor quality and there are not enough to give a real feel for these Goddesses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 1998
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An incredibly interesting book. This is the book that got me interested in Hinduism, that made me take an entirely new look at Parvati & Sati, & (with a *little* bit of help) got me hooked on religious studies. Very well-written, like every other Kinsley book I've read (with the exception of Hinduism: A Cultural Perspective).
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Good overview of Hindu Goddesses 21 April 2003
By Julian Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very good, scholarly overview of the major Goddesses of Hinduism. It is an academic work, and therefore not for one who is seeking to read about the Goddesses from a devotional perspective, but nonetheless it is full of insights. An essential book for those interested in Hindu Goddesses and/or world Goddess myth and religion, and one which will serve as both a useful introduction to the subject and an accurate source to be returned to in research again and again.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5 stars 2 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An incredibly interesting book. This is the book that got me interested in Hinduism, that made me take an entirely new look at Parvati & Sati, & (with a *little* bit of help) got me hooked on religious studies. Very well-written, like every other Kinsley book I've read (with the exception of Hinduism: A Cultural Perspective).
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Detailed Information on Many Hindu Goddesses 24 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
David Kinsley's work is always thorough - this book is no exception. Each chapter details one Hindu Goddess, including rituals, poems, texts, and background. It is an interesting read and a great place to start researching a particular Goddess. My only complaint is that the pictures are of really poor quality and there are not enough to give a real feel for these Goddesses.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Hindu Goddeses:Vision of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Traditions 6 April 2007
By Metallium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great book for one who wants to learn about Hinduism and the feminine within the Indian traditions. Scholarship is excellent, but it isn't for those who have more New Age beliefs in general on goddeses such as Kali or Hindu/eastern concepts in general. I would suggest it for those who are actually into learning about the Hindu religion and not the Western idea of Indian culture and religion.
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Good, readable introduction 1 Feb. 2009
By Will Jerom - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good book. Whether you are interested as a teacher or student trying to learn more about the Hindu Goddesses, or just curious, this book provides a concise and effective introduction to some of the major Goddesses of Hinduism, as well as background information on classic Hindu scriptures and Gods. The style is academic, but it is also readable. Numerous black and white photos throughout help illustrate the Goddesses of Hinduism. I highly recommend this book.
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