A Garland of Forgotten Goddesses

Tales of the Feminine Divine from India and Beyond

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Michael Slouber
Philip E. Lilienthal Imprint in Asian Studies
  • Berkeley: 
    University of California Press
    , December
     374 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Aditya Bhattacharjee forthcoming.


Imagining the divine as female is rare—even controversial—in most religions. Hinduism, by contrast, preserves a rich and continuous tradition of goddess worship. A Garland of Forgotten Goddesses conveys the diversity of this tradition by bringing together a fresh array of captivating and largely overlooked Hindu goddess tales from different regions. As the first such anthology of goddess narratives in translation, this collection highlights a range of sources from ancient myths to modern lore. The goddesses featured here battle demons, perform miracles, and grant rare Tantric visions to their devotees. Each translation is paired with a short essay that explains the goddess’s historical and social context, elucidating the ways religion adapts to changing times.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Michael Slouber is associate professor of South Asian studies at Western Washington University and the author of Early Tantric Medicine.



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