By June McDaniel
In supplying plant life, Feeding Skulls, June McDaniel offers an exhaustive, accessibly written review of Bengali goddess worship or Shakti. McDaniel identifies 3 significant different types of goddess worship, and examines every one via its myths, folklore, songs, rituals, sacred texts, and practitioners. She lines those strands via Bengali tradition and explores how they're interwoven with one another in addition to with different kinds of Hinduism and other kinds of faith. McDaniel additionally discusses how Shakti practices were reinterpreted within the West, the place goddess worship has received the values of sexual freedom and mental therapeutic, yet misplaced its emphases on devotion and asceticism. She takes the reader contained in the lives of training Shaktas, together with non secular pros, hymn singers, philosophers, visionaries, authorities, or even a businessman, and gives bright descriptions in their rituals, practices, and day-by-day lives. Drawing on years of fieldwork and wide study, McDaniel paints a wealthy, expansive portrait of this interesting non secular culture.
By Jyotirmaya Sharma
Sharma’s illuminating narrative is a wonderful reexamination of 1 of India’s such a lot debatable spiritual figures and a desirable examine of the symbiosis of Indian background, faith, politics, and nationwide identity. It is an important tale for someone attracted to the evolution of 1 of the world’s nice religions and its function in shaping modern India.