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Handelman: One God, Two Goddesses

Handelman, Don:
One God, Two Goddesses : Three Studies of South Indian Cosmology / by Don Handelman. - Leiden : Brill, 2014. - XVII, 218 S. : Ill. - (Jerusalem studies in religion and culture ; 18)
ISBN 978-900-425-615-6
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ISBN 978-90-04-25739-9
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DOI: 10.1163/9789004257399
DDC: 294.5211

One, God, Two Goddesses presents three studies, one of Tamil myths of the god Murugan and two of goddess rituals: Gangamma in Tirupati and Paiditalli in Vizianagaram, both in Andhra Pradesh. All three essays search for lineaments of the cosmos that these deities inhabit and shape. These cosmoi are characterised by the dynamism of their incessant interior movement. Should they become still, they would die. Deities activate and regenerate such a cosmos. The dynamism of Murugan’s cosmos eliminates the chaotic. Through ritual, Gangamma regenerates her cosmos through feminising it. Through ritual, Paiditalli annually re-grows the historic little kingdom of Vizianagaram, regenerating its kingship. All three studies point to the need to rethink cosmology in South India. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Illustrations. ix
Acknowledgments. xi
Contributors. xiii
Preface. xv
1. Bruce Kapferer:
The Cosmic Vortex and Don Handelman's Anthropological Vision: A Personal View. 1
2. Don Handelman:
Myths of Murugan: Asymmetry and Hierarchy in a South Indian Puranic Cosmology. 23
3. Don Handelman:
The Guises of the Goddess and the Transformation of the Male: Gangamma's Visit to Tirupati, and the Continuum of Gender. 63
Don Handelman, M. V. Krishnayya and David Shulman:
Growing a Kingdom: The Goddess of Depth in Vizianagaram. 115
Index. 215


DON HANDELMAN, Ph.D. (1971), Manchester University, is Shaine Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Hebrew University. He publishes extensively on ritual and religion, including Models and Mirrors (Berghahn 1998) and co-authored with David Shulman God Inside Out (Oxford, 1997) and Śiva in the Forest of Pines (Oxford, 2004). Profile page. profile.

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  1. Handelman, Don (2014).  One God, Two Goddesses: Three Studies of South Indian Cosmology. Jerusalem studies in religion and culture; 18. XVII, 218 S.