Revelry Rivalry And Longing For The Goddesses Of Bengal

Author: Rachel Fell McDermott
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231527873
Size: 15.37 MB
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Annually during the months of autumn, Bengal hosts three interlinked festivals to honor its most important goddesses: Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri. While each of these deities possesses a distinct iconography, myth, and character, they are all martial. Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri often demand blood sacrifice as part of their worship and offer material and spiritual benefits to their votaries. Richly represented in straw, clay, paint, and decoration, they are similarly displayed in elaborately festooned temples, thronged by thousands of admirers. The first book to recount the history of these festivals and their revelry, rivalry, and nostalgic power, this volume is an unprecedented achievement, tracing the fascinating development of a major public event. Rachel Fell McDermott describes the festivals' origins and their growth under British rule. She maps their iconographic conventions and carnivalesque qualities and their relationship to the fierce, Tantric sides of ritual practice. She confronts controversies over the tradition of blood sacrifice and the status-seekers who compete for symbolic capital. Expanding her narrative, she takes readers beyond Bengal's borders, watching the transformation of the goddesses and their festivals across the world. McDermott's work underscores the role of holidays in cultural memory, specifically the evocation for Bengalis of an ideal, culturally rich past. Under the thrall of the goddess, the social, political, economic, and religious identity of Bengalis takes shape.

Sibling Revelry

Author: Jo Ann Levitt, M.A., R.N.
Publisher: Delta
ISBN: 9780307490919
Size: 16.48 MB
Format: PDF
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Experience the miracle of healing with a unique step-by-step program for enhancing adult sibling relationships — created by siblings for siblings Much has been written about the relationships of parents and children. But the unsung chord in all of our adult relationships, professional and personal, is rooted in the sibling connection. In this extraordinary book based on their Sibling Revelry workshops, authors — and siblings — Jo Ann, Marjory, and Joel Levitt re-create the seminars that have helped many strengthen the bonds of their adult sibling relationships. In eight clearly focused steps, with added material for home study, the authors show how to transform sibling rivalry into extraordinary, nurturing adult bonds that will enhance all other relationships in your life. Now you can regain the closeness you and your siblings once shared, heal old wounds, and pave the way to a happier, healthier future. Learn how to: * Define your relationship — Unload the myths of your shared past...and discover who you are to each other now * Witness the effect of old rivalries — And use them as a springboard to great adult relationships * Envision a new future — Break the habits that hold your relationship firmly in place...and create a powerful new vision for yourself and your family * Explore new modes of contact — Examine the "role" you play in your family and free yourself from damaging old patterns * Heal wounds and misunderstandings — Resolve old conflicts as you sort through old issues of fear, anger, guilt, and hurt * Invent new family legends — Uncover the myths and legends that have shaped your relationship...then create new ones * Make room for differences — Clear out "sibling clutter" and accept your siblings exactly as they are * Honor your strengths — Celebrate the positive qualities each sibling brings to the relationship...and set the stage for a lifelong connection From the Trade Paperback edition.

Revelry

Author: Lucy Lord
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 9780007441730
Size: 20.56 MB
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One summer can change everything...

A Revelry Of Harvest

Author: Gracia Grindal
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9780595215171
Size: 10.66 MB
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A collection of poems written over the past 15 years by a poet known for her craft, humor and religious faith.

Revelry In Reverie

Author: Kelvin Bueckert
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 9781435728578
Size: 16.35 MB
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The simplicity of a poem left on a concrete step.Where had it come from? Unwelcome memories shimmer in the heat of summer.Travis raises his eyes to search the street. There is no one. There must be someone out there...but where? Revelry in Reverie uses a unique combination of fiction, photographs, and previously published poetry to explore such topics as life, love, the loss of innocence, and the corrosive effects of war. Generously salted with poetic portraits by award winning* poet, Kelvin Bueckert, Revelry in Reverie is a quick, yet substantial read. *Honorable Mention in the, "Unscrambled Eggs Poetry contest."www.kelvinbueckert.com