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Oh Terrifying Mother

By providing an on-the-ground look at the many meanings of Kali to those who worship her, this book fills an important niche in the burgeoning literature on Hindu goddesses.

Author : Sarah Caldwell

Release : 2001

Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA


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Oh Terrifying Mother is an anthropological exploration of a South Indian ritual in which male actors become possessed by the fierce goddess Bhagvati as a divine offering. By providing an on-the-ground look at the many meanings of Kali to those who worship her, this book fills an important niche in the burgeoning literature on Hindu goddesses.

Oh Terrifying Mother

Author : Sarah Lee Caldwell

Release : 1995

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Kiss of the Yogini

80. in Tamil tradition the six Krttikas are termed iyakkamatar, i.e., “Yaksa Mothers”
: Shulman, Tamil Temple Myths, p. 251. 249. Dhawan ... Samyuktavastu,
recounted in Dhawan, Mother Goddesses ... Caldwell, Oh Terrifying Mother, p.
182. 263 ...

Author : David Gordon White

Release : 2006-07-07

Publisher : University of Chicago Press

ISBN : 022602783X

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For those who wonder what relation actual Tantric practices bear to the "Tantric sex" currently being marketed so successfully in the West, David Gordon White has a simple answer: there is none. Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to original texts, images, and ritual practices to reconstruct the history of South Asian Tantra from the medieval period to the present day. Kiss of the Yogini focuses on what White identifies as the sole truly distinctive feature of South Asian Tantra: sexualized ritual practices, especially as expressed in the medieval Kaula rites. Such practices centered on the exchange of powerful, transformative sexual fluids between male practitioners and wild female bird and animal spirits known as Yoginis. It was only by "drinking" the sexual fluids of the Yoginis that men could enter the family of the supreme godhead and thereby obtain supernatural powers and transform themselves into gods. By focusing on sexual rituals, White resituates South Asian Tantra, in its precolonial form, at the center of religious, social, and political life, arguing that Tantra was the mainstream, and that in many ways it continues to influence contemporary Hinduism, even if reformist misunderstandings relegate it to a marginal position. Kiss of the Yogini contains White's own translations from over a dozen Tantras that have never before been translated into any European language. It will prove to be the definitive work for persons seeking to understand Tantra and the crucial role it has played in South Asian history, society, culture, and religion.

Teaching Religion and Violence

Harman, "Negotiating Relations”; Allocco, “Snake Goddesses and Anthills.u
Caldwell, Oh Terrifying Mother, 15—16. ... compelling social and psy—
chological hypotheses about what such rights mean to women; Oh
TerrifyingMother, 188, ...

Author : Brian K. Pennington

Release : 2012-05-24

Publisher : Oxford University Press

ISBN : 0195372425

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Teaching Religion and Violence is designed to help instructors to equip students to think critically about religious violence, particularly in the multicultural classroom.

Encountering Kālī

... for Kerala, Sarah Caldwell, Oh Terrifying Mother: Sexuality, Violence, and
Worship of the Goddess Kali (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999); for
Nepal, Gerard Toffin, "A Wild Goddess Cult in Nepal: The Navadurga of the
Theco Village ...

Author : Rachel Fell McDermott

Release : 2003

Publisher : Univ of California Press

ISBN : 9780520232396

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"The editors have assembled a South Asian/History of Religions dream team, and the result is a book that captures the sexy, gory power of the dark goddess who is the most exciting of all Hindu deities-and perhaps the most controversial and notorious of all deities. Academically profound and theoretically subtle, these essays are also vivid and juicy."--Wendy Doniger, author of The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade "If any subject ever called for a book of many parts, it is Kali. These original and provocative essays, well chosen and thoughtfully organized, point to all sides of the Goddess's character. The result is a sharp and challenging book-the essential starting point for a new century of encountering Kali."--John Stratton Hawley, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Religion, Columbia University and co-editor of Devi: Goddesses of India

Renowned Goddess of Desire

views see June McDaniel, Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls: Popular Goddess
Worship in West Bengal (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004); and, to some
degree, Sarah Caldwell, Oh Terrifying Mother (New Delhi: Oxford University
Press ...

Author : Loriliai Biernacki

Release : 2007-10-11

Publisher : Oxford University Press

ISBN : 0195327829

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The role of women and ideas of gender are fundamental components of all religious traditions. This book examines the representations of women within Tantra using a case study of a selection of Hindu Tantric texts from the 15th through 18th centuries in Northeast India.

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Oh terrifying mother: Sexuality.; violence and worship of the goddess Kali. Oxford:
Oxford University Press. Chawla, Janet. 1992. The Rig Vedic slaying of Vritra:
Menstruation taboos in mythology. In Manushi, edited by Madhu Kishwar, no.

Author : Cheris Kramarae

Release : 2004-04-16

Publisher : Routledge

ISBN : 1135963150

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For a full list of entries and contributors, sample entries, and more, visit the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women website. Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects.


... as well as an open lecture hall, administrative offices, and an array of licensed
shops serving pilgrims' needs. One small temple near the main entrance on the
western end houses a shrine to. Oh Terrifying Mother: Sexuality, Violence and ...

Author : Hans Breder

Release : 2005

Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN : 383341541X

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Teaching Mysticism

Oh Terrifying Mother: Sexuality, Violence and Worship of the Goddess Kal .New
York: Oxford University Press. Carrette, Jeremy. 2000. Foucault and Religion:
Spiritual Corporality and Political Spirituality. New York: Routledge. Courtright,

Author : William B. Parsons

Release : 2011-12-16

Publisher : Oxford University Press

ISBN : 0190208635

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The term ''mysticism'' has never been consistently defined or employed, either in religious traditions or in academic discourse. The essays in this volume offer ways of defining what mysticism is, as well as methods for grappling with its complexity in a classroom. This volume addresses the diverse literature surrounding mysticism in four interrelated parts. The first part includes essays on the tradition and context of mysticism, devoted to drawing out and examining the mystical element in many religious traditions. The second part engages traditions and religio-cultural strands in which ''mysticism'' is linked to other terms, such as shamanism, esotericism, and Gnosticism. The volume's third part focuses on methodological strategies for defining ''mysticism,'' with respect to varying social spaces. The final essays show how contemporary social issues and movements have impacted the meaning, study, and pedagogy of mysticism. Teaching Mysticism presents pedagogical reflections on how best to communicate mysticism from a variety of institutional spaces. It surveys the broad range of meanings of mysticism, its utilization in the traditions, the theories and methods that have been used to understand it, and provides critical insight into the resulting controversies.

Mother's Milk

asked hismother. 'It's terrifying. I told herthatwe didn't havea private jet.' 'Oh,
money was noobject tothem,' Robert went on, withaproud little toss ofhis head. '
One day Iremarked, you know, quite casually, onhow nice the Princess's slippers
were ...

Author : Edward St Aubyn

Release : 2011-04-01

Publisher : Pan Macmillan

ISBN : 0330531360

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Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mother's Milk is the fourth of Edward St Aubyn's semi-autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels, adapted for TV for Sky Atlantic and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as aristocratic addict, Patrick. The once illustrious, once wealthy Melroses are in peril. Caught up in the wreckage of broken promises, child-rearing, adultery and assisted suicide, Patrick finds his wife Mary consumed by motherhood, his mother in thrall to a New Age foundation, and his young son Robert understanding far more than he should. But even as the family struggles against the pull of its ever-present past, a new generation brings a new tenderness, and the possibility of change.

Terrifying Tales Unleashed

Clark's mother shouted, “Clark, we thought you were going to just try to scare the
bear by hitting him in the butt or something. Were you trying to hit the poor ...
tersely responded back. His mother said, “Oh right, just a little boy with a

Author : Scott D. Gottschalk

Release : 2011-11-28

Publisher : Xlibris Corporation

ISBN : 1465306749

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Terrifying Tales Unleashed is a menagerie of short stories covering many popular genres including horror, science fiction, and suspense/thriller. Cover the gamut in this gripping narrative by way of buried alive, rats, bats, vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, ghosts, demons, and cannibals. Th e unleashing of each twisted account will bombard ones thoughts with impending shock waves. Will you be able to hold on to your own reality? Can you make yourself believe that what you are about to read is nothing more than a few tall-tales? Are you prepared to partake in a remedy for peaceful slumber and succumb to fitful nights of insomnia? The stories within this book are nothing more than pure fiction and certainly could not have really happened. OR COULD THEY!

Gleason's Literary Companion

Oh, what a beautiful day it is for me to feel so wretched ''” “Put away the clouds as
the sky has done. coso ... Once overmastering the will, their intensity of emotion is
something startling and terrifying, “Mother,” began Guy, stepping before his ...

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Three Terrifying Tales

John replied, “Mother Madeline. She's mean ... SisterMary retorted, “Oh,
sometimes, my dear, people need to be punished.” The bell rang ... Mother
Madeline was old, wrinkly, and had charcoal hair riddled with grey streaks. She
had a cold ...

Author : Brandon Blair

Release : 2014-11-26

Publisher : Xlibris Corporation

ISBN : 150352051X

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The Dark One: The Beginning In the first terrifying tale, you will be told the story of the Dark One, who is a demon that plagues the town of Corpus Mors. The fear he spreads is like a cancer, consuming all those he comes in contact with. It is a fast-paced read filled with suspense at every turn. Gore Orphanage In the second terrifying tale, the readers will be faced with another fast-paced story. It is the author’s favorite story he has written. It is a tale that will leave you guessing. This story is riddled with suspense and misdirection as four friends delve deep into the mystery of the fire that happened in 1896 at Gore Orphanage. Was it just an accident or something more sinister? Blood Harvest The last but definitely not least. This is the most popular story of Brandon Blair’s Three Terrifying Tales. It is a story that will leave you wanting more and constantly guessing. This is the first installment of his new series coming out in 2015. You’ll absolutely fall in love with this dark heartbreaking story and its characters.

Are You My Mother?

... writTEn. and so am I. why are you nervous? oh! That was a kind of shorthand I
had with my first therapist. welL...I guesS because I'm knocking on her plexiglasS
dome. always a terRifying prospect. for how my mom would go ofF duty at night.

Author : Alison Bechdel

Release : 2012-05-01

Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN : 0547524366

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The New York Times–bestselling graphic memoir about Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home, becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood…and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers. A New York Times, USA Today, Time, Slate, and Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year “As complicated, brainy, inventive and satisfying as the finest prose memoirs.”—New York Times Book Review “A work of the most humane kind of genius, bravely going right to the heart of things: why we are who we are. It's also incredibly funny. And visually stunning. And page-turningly addictive. And heartbreaking.”—Jonathan Safran Foer “Many of us are living out the unlived lives of our mothers. Alison Bechdel has written a graphic novel about this; sort of like a comic book by Virginia Woolf. You won't believe it until you read it—and you must!”—Gloria Steinem

Our Frail Blood

“I don't need to read Anthony's letter, Mom. I agree with him.” “Honey, you—” “The
substance, Mom, not—” “—should read it. ... “Oh, honey! The anger is so terrifying
! Look at this: 'I'm tired of car- rying your baggage around, you misanthrope ...

Author : Peter Nathaniel Malae

Release : 2013-03-05

Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN : 0802193714

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"Malae is like a young Nelson Algren or Richard Wright, one of those writers who can hit with both hands." —Russell Banks By way of Italy, the Felice family puts down new roots in Southern California, settling into a grand Victorian home and buying a share of the great American Dream. But for their five, first-generation children, an idyllic childhood didn’t quite translate into success and happiness. Rather, the pressures of living up to expectations drove a wide rift through the family. After decades apart, the five siblings find themselves together again at their ailing mother’s bedside, caught in a deadlocked feud over her hospice care. Into the morass steps Murron Teinetoa, one of their bastard children, who carries an idealistic hope of finally fitting in among her estranged relatives. In an interweaving narrative, Malae portrays the Felices in their formative years of the fifties; he excavates the personal lives of the siblings in the eighties and nineties; and he follows Murron in the present as she raises her son as a single mother. A powerful and fiery multi-generational story, Our Frail Blood captures the beauty and horror, the strength and fragility, the selfishness and love comprising the threads of familial bonds.

Missing Persons

... them, with her mute father and Felix's terrifying mother, maybe even Graham
and Celia, and Felix's sister who lived in Ludlow with her new husband and
always knitted itchy woollen socks for her Christmas presents. Oh, and their
neighbour, ...

Author : Nicci Gerrard

Release : 2012-05-24

Publisher : Penguin UK

ISBN : 0141963867

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When Jonny went missing everything changed. His mother's heart is full of terror and sadness instead of joy. His father's study overflows with newspaper cuttings and profiles on missing people instead of the academic texts that were there before. His sister, once carefree, now carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. His bedroom at home remains untouched and ready for his return. A place is set for him at the table on Christmas day each year. His birthday is always celebrated; unopened gifts for him gather dust. The hands on the clock continue to move forwards and yet Jonny hasn't returned. Where is he?

Fugitive Mom

Oh, absolutely. We've both spoken to the woman,” Luke said. “And?” “She was
unwilling to give us the information we ... It struck Grace like a bolt from the blue—
this sort of clandestine work that Luke engaged in day after day was terrifying, ...

Author : Lynn Erickson

Release : 2014-09-15

Publisher : Harlequin

ISBN : 1460351541

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A woman in a bind For four years Grace Bennett has lavished care on her foster son, ever since his mother gave him up. Now his birth mother wants him back, and under the law, she can have him. Grace has two choices—obey a court order and hand the child over or go underground with her little boy and become a fugitive mom. The man who could help her Luke Sarkov may no longer be working Vice for the San Francisco P.D., but he's lost none of his edge. He could help Grace flee—and get the goods on just how unfit a parent the biological mother of Grace's little boy really is. If he and Grace can control what has started to happen between them…

Mother, Mother

Oh honey, I shouldn't have stressed you out,” she said. When Will was teetering
on the edge ... He'd imagined all the terrifying eppy clichés: flopping around like a
fish, his tongue gyrating around his gaping mouth. But Will's fits were what his ...

Author : Koren Zailckas

Release : 2013-09-17

Publisher : Broadway Books

ISBN : 0385347243

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From Koren Zailckas, author of the iconic memoir SMASHED: an electrifying debut novel about a family being torn apart by the woman who claims to love them most Josephine Hurst has her family under control. With two beautiful daughters, a brilliantly intelligent son, a tech-guru of a husband, and a historical landmark home, her life is picture perfect. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family, and when her oldest daughter, Rose, runs off with a mysterious boyfriend, Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison. Resentful of her sister’s newfound freedom, Violet turns to eastern philosophy, hallucinogenic drugs, and extreme fasting, eventually landing herself in a psych ward. Meanwhile, her brother, Will, recently diagnosed with Asperger's, shrinks further into a world of self-doubt. Their father, Douglas, finds resolve in the bottom of a bottle—an addict craving his own chance to escape. Josephine struggles to maintain the family’s impeccable façade, but when a violent incident leads to a visit from child protective services, the truth about the Hursts might finally be revealed. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content

Oh! Poston, Why Don't You Cry for Me?

... a taxi which was smaller than the VW beetle and had the exhilarating and
terrifying experience of my first Kamikaze taxi ride. ... She was the eldest of four
children and reared by her widowed mother, Yuri. ... I once asked a newspaper
vendor, “Honored lady, my indebtedness to you shall never end if you would Oh!
Poston, ...

Author : Paul M. Okimoto

Release : 2011-12-15

Publisher : Xlibris Corporation

ISBN : 146539592X

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The internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War was a landmark in American jurisprudence. One hundred twenty thousand Japanese, the majority of whom were American citizens, were forcibly removed from the west coast of the United States because of their race. I was one of the 120,000 internees, but was only seven years of age when interned and ten when I returned to California. I was too young to fully appreciate the historic scope of the incarceration of American citizens simply because of their national origin. This awakening came later. My parents were able to keep me from fully realizing my situation, and protected me from the feeling of helplessness that would have come with a better understanding of what had happened to us.

The Bald Soprano, and Other Plays

Mother Robert: Have you any milk here so that we can see? Father Robert: He ...
Father Jack [in a terrifying voice]: I wash my hands of this! [To Jack:] I dishonor ...
A very charged moment of silence, interrupted by : ] Mother Jack: Oh! Oh! Oh! .

Author : Eugène Ionesco

Release : 1982

Publisher : Grove Press

ISBN : 9780802130792

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Four original plays by French author Eugène Ionesco.