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Angkor

Angkor  

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The capital of the ancient kingdom of Khmer in NW Cambodia, noted for its temples, especially the Angkor Wat (mid 12th century); the site was rediscovered in 1860.
Bhadrākālī

Bhadrākālī  

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A form of Durgā sprung from Devī's wrath when her husband Śiva had been insulted by Dakṣa.
Bhagavān

Bhagavān  

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(Skt.; Pāli, Bhagavant).Reverential title used of the Buddha in sūtras.variously translated as ‘Lord’, ‘Master’, ‘Blessed One’, etc.
Bhairavī

Bhairavī  

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A name of a fearsome form of the Goddess; Bharaiva's consort.
bhakti

bhakti  

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(Sanskrit, worship)The devotion due to God, the blessed one (Bhagavat).
Bhārat Mātā

Bhārat Mātā  

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The name given to the geographical land of India conceived as a goddess. Apparently first appearing in this form in mid-19th century Bengal, by the early 20th century she had become a pan-Indian ...
Brahma

Brahma  

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One of the three central Hindu deities, also known in Buddhism where he is respected but relegated to a lesser position of importance.
Brahman

Brahman  

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In the Upanishads the ground of all being; that in virtue of which everything else exists; the ultimate reality, which makes possible time, space, and the natural order. As in Parmenides, this is an ...
Cāmuṇḍā

Cāmuṇḍā  

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One of the saptamātṛkās, a popular and terrible manifestation of the Goddess (Devī), who, according to the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, sprang as Kālī from the forehead of the goddess Ambikā (Durgā) in order ...
Caṇḍī

Caṇḍī  

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A name given to the form that the Goddess (Devī/Durgā) takes to destroy Mahiṣāsura the buffalo demon. See also Durgā.
Catal Hüyük

Catal Hüyük  

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The mound of Catal Hüyük in central Anatolia, about fifty kilometers southeast of Konya, lies on a river entering a wide plain once covered by a lake, reduced now to ...
Comparative mythology

Comparative mythology  

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To study comparative mythology is to study myth as a philological, religious, psychological, or philosophical phenomenon, usually by way by way of explicit or implicit comparisons of mythologies or ...
dakṣinācāra

dakṣinācāra  

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A form of Tantric pūjā in which Devī is worshipped in a ‘pure’ or Vedic way, without material recourse to the ‘five Ms’ (pañca-makāra) associated with ‘left-handed’ (vāmācāra) worship, which are ...
Deity concept

Deity concept  

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Deities are metaphors for— cultural dreams of—our ultimate progenitors, and psychology has taught us how important our mental depictions and memories of our parents are to any real understanding of ...
deva

deva  

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Used generically to designate the supernatural and celestial beings, or ‘gods’, praised and invoked in the Ṛg Veda as a component part of the sacrificial ritual. Conventionally 33 in number, like ...
Devī

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A Dictionary of Hinduism

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1 A general term, synonymous with Śakti, for the Great Goddess (Mahādevī) as the principal or supreme deity. She is also known under a wide variety of specific names or ... More
Devī

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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Hindu Goddess. The term can be applied to any of the many forms of the Goddess. Initially, they may simply

Devī

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A Dictionary of Asian Mythology

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Devī is the Hindu Goddess. Although we speak of the trimūrti of Brahmā (see Brahmā), Viṣṇu (see

Devi

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A Dictionary of World Mythology

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The great goddess of the Hindus: Mahadevi. The consort of Shiva, she is worshipped in a variety of forms corresponding

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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in Hindu mythology, the supreme goddess, often identified with Parvati and Sakti.

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