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By John Stratton Hawley, Donna Marie Wulff

ISBN-10: 0520200586

ISBN-13: 9780520200586

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A crowd gathered, and many people came with white cocks on ropes, and they tied about forty to the tree. There was also a lamb tied to the tree. Then the cocks were released into the air, and about one hundred boys in loincloths jumped into the air to catch the cocks. They tore the birds apart, many grabbing at the same birds. Whoever got the head was the winner, and they later tore the lamb apart. I asked why this was done, and an old woman said, “How else can you get people to share when they go to hunt?

Worship is for a specific end: fertility, good harvest, good weather, cures for diseases. If goddesses are not worshiped, it is well known that they may get irritable, especially when they get hungry. Human personality. Deities are like human beings, including both their negative and positive sides. They may be impatient, ill tempered, impulsive, lustful, greedy, and angry, as well as merciful and benevolent to their worshipers. Sometimes they are jealous gods, who get angry if they are neglected or if their devotees show more attention to other deities.

The major Bengali Hindu goddesses—Kali, Durga, Tara, Lakshmi, Sarasvati—are generally shown as young and attractive. Even Kali, whose images in other regions of India are emaciated and ugly, is frequently shown as beautiful and voluptuous in West Bengal. It is the youth of the Hindu goddess that shows her power, as it is the age of the Adivasi goddess that shows her wisdom. An example of a goddess seen in both Adivasi and Hindu folk religion is Chandi. Chandi is a goddess who was partially adopted into the Hindu pantheon.

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