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The heroic cult of the sovereign goddess in mediaeval India

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This thesis examines why the cult of the sovereign goddess was considered important for the expression of royal power in mediaeval India. In literature and ritual, the goddess was conceptualized as the sovereign of heaven and earth. Her cult was heroic because it was primarily a cult of warriors: a good hero was one who worshipped the goddess for great powers, foremost among them being sovereignty. Certain ritual practices of the cult such as self-mutilation formed the criteria for a warr...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
Department:
Humanities Division - Oriental Studies Faculty
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Publication date:
2011
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
URN:
uuid:aa716445-ae5d-4630-a9c2-31a5873a9ded
Local pid:
ora:5935

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