Abstract

The feminist significance of the Goddess Kali lies in an indigenous worshipful attitude of "Kali-bhakti" rather than in the mere image of the Goddess. The peculiar mother-child motif at the core of the poet Ramprasad Sen's Kali-bhakti represents, I argue, not only a dramatic reconstruction of femininity but of selfhood in general. The spiritual goal of a devotee here involves a deconstruction of "master identity" necessary also for ethico-political struggles for justice.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 125-150
Launched on MUSE
2000-02-01
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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