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Śākta Influence in the Goddess Cults of Malabar

Lecture Type: 
Sakta Conference 2011
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Rich Freeman
Sunday, September 11, 2011 -
15:30 to 16:30
Somerville College, Oxford

This paper will attempt a synthetic overview of textual, ethnographic, and historical sources in Malayalam, Tamil and Sanskrit related to the cultural historical role and adaptation of Sakta worship in the temple cults of prominent goddesses in northern Kerala.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Rich

To Be or Not-To-Be: The Rise of Durga in Bengal

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Susmita Chatterjee
Thursday, November 25, 2010 -
15:00 to 16:00
OCHS Library

According to popular belief, the celebration of Durga Puja in Bengal, as the great festival of Bengalis, started roughly from the late medieval period onwards. This paper shows that the celebration of the great festival of goddesses in autumn had been prevalent in the region for more than fifteen hundred centuries, and that the practice itself was pluralistic. It looks into four Upapuranas of early medieval Bengal and delineates the politics of the appropriation of local goddesses by brahmanism.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Susmita