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Heroic Shāktism: The cult of Durgā in ancient Indian kingship

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Heroic Śāktism is the belief that a good king and a true warrior must worship the goddess Durgā, the form and substance of kingship. This belief formed the bedrock of ancient Indian practices of cultivating political power. Wildly dangerous and serenely benevolent at one and the same time, the goddess's charismatic split nature promised rewards for a hero and king and success in risky ventures.

This book is the first expansive historical treatment of the cult of Durgā and the role i...

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10.5871/bacad/9780197266106.001.0001

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
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Oriental Studies Faculty
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British Academy Postdoctoral Monograph Series
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2017-10-26
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9780197266106
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2016-11-01

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