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Sixty-Four Yoginis: Cult, Icons and Goddesses

Anamika Roy (Author)

The Sixty-Four Yoginis are the lesser known forms of the Goddess Shakti in art and religion. Variously portrayed as malevolent goddesses, deities of tantric rituals, and yoginis of flesh and blood, they are seen as the sixty-four forms of the goddess and the sixty-four embraces of Shiva and Shakti. Abandoned temples, stretching from Banda in Uttar Pradesh to Bolangir in Odisha, were once witness to the evolution of the mysterious cult of these goddesses. Shrouded in secrecy, knowledge about them is, till date, closely guarded by the tantric Acaryas. Sixty-Four Yoginis: Cult, Icons and Goddesses deciphers the complex forms of the Yoginis by engaging with the subject historically, aesthetically, theologically and anthropologically; identifies the Yoginis of the temple, of the Puranas, of the tantric texts, of folklore and finally of the Yogini Kaula; and examines the different layers of the complex phenomena based on rigorous fieldwork in the hitherto untraversed terrains where the Yoginis have their abode. The book offers valuable insights for researchers in the fields of religion, myth, culture, history and gender studies. The text of this handsomely produced volume is supplemented with a rich collection of photographs.

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About the author

Anamika Roy

The author Dr. Anamika Roy comes from family of renowned indologists. She has had an outstanding academic career and has to her credit more than a dozen medals including Chancellor's bronze, silver and gold medals for the best all-rounder student of Allahabad University. She did her D. Phil on epigraphy from the University of Allahabad. Later she was sponsored by the Association of the Commonwealth Universities for a doctoral programme at Cambridge University. She was awarded Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1991 on her work on Amaravati Stupa. She is a fellow of Royal Asiatic Society, London and currently she is teaching in the Department of Ancient History, Culture & Archaeology at Allahabad University. Dr. Roy has contributed a good number of research papers to various reputed Journals.

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Title Sixty-Four Yoginis: Cult, Icons and Goddesses
Author Anamika Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.09.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Primus Books
Language: English
isbn 9789384082123
length xxv+354p., Illustrations; 25cm.