[INDOLOGY] Shashti Devi

Dipak Durgamohan Bhattacharya dipak.d2004 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 16 09:16:20 EDT 2014


The ritual of Ṣaṣṭhī with her cat, as is prevalent in Bengal, is not a very
ancient custom. The reference to Padma-Purāṇa does not help as it is of
late origin. One may consult D.P.Chattopadhyaya’s *Lokāyata* (1959).
Chattopadhyay has a full thesis and whether that is correct or not may of
course be debated. He considered the deity’s getting place in the pantheon
to be a substratum effect like that of many other customs. Chattopadhyay
has expressed similar view about the effect of Druid or Celtic culture in
Western Europe.

Best

DB


On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 12:23 PM, Mary Storm <mnstorm at mac.com> wrote:

> You have probably seen these, but just in case:
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shashthi
>
>
> http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/d4/dc/a9/d4dca99836a0da3926906d3986912200.jpg
>
> Mary Storm
>
>
> On 15-Mar-2014, at 10:22 pm, Valerie J Roebuck <vjroebuck at btinternet.com>
> wrote:
>
> Speaking of vāhanas, can anyone point me to a painting - or even a
> sculpture - of Ṣaṣṭhī Devī with her cat? I have found some nice Kalighat
> paintings, but nothing earlier.
>
> Valerie J Roebuck
>
> On 15 Mar 2014, at 16:08, rajam <rajam at earthlink.net> wrote:
>
> Many thanks to everyone for the information! As I confessed at the outset,
> I don’t know much about these things; and, many traditional scholars (of
> Sanskrit & Tamil & religion) in South India are not in touch with
> ‘modernism!' So much for our generation gap!
>
> One way to preempt controversy and confusion would be to refer to the
> source of the art work with acknowledgement.
>
> Regards,
> Rajam
>
>
> On Mar 15, 2014, at 8:54 AM, Artur Karp <karp at uw.edu.pl> wrote:
>
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Artur Karp <karp at uw.edu.pl>
> Date: 2014-03-15 16:53 GMT+01:00
> Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] (no subject)
> To: rajam <rajam at earthlink.net>
>
>
> It has,
>
> here:
>
>
> http://www.exoticindiaart.com/product/paintings/mahavidya-chinnamasta-riding-lion-HJ82/
>
> and here:
>
> http://www.artoflegendindia.com/chinnamasta-devi-p-5070.html
>
> and here:
>
>
> http://vi.sualize.us/vintage_painting_of_chinnamasta_devi_simon_ram_parvathi_godess_durga_picture_7c62.html
>
> And, certainly, in many more images.
>
> Best,
>
> Artur Karp
>
>
>
>
> 2014-03-15 15:58 GMT+01:00 rajam <rajam at earthlink.net>:
>
> I do not know much about these things, but received a comment from a
>> friend in India that "the Chinnamasta Devi does not have a lion for her
>> vehicle.”
>>
>> May I know the source of the picture on the cover, so I can write to him
>> and clear his doubt? (He is not a member of this group.)
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Rajam
>>
>>
>> On Mar 15, 2014, at 5:15 AM, Stella Sandahl <ssandahl at sympatico.ca>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Congratulations! Cover picture wonderful.
>> Hope your book will not offend anybody's religious or other feelings.
>> Stella Sandahl
>>  --
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>>
>>
>>
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