From the Temple to the Witch’s Coven: Journeying West with Kali Ma, Fierce Goddess of Transformation. A Study of Contemporary Kali Worship in North America: Syncretism, Sacred Relationships, and the Gendered Divine

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dc.contributor.authorKuchuk, Nika
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-23T16:55:09Z
dc.date.available2013-01-23T16:55:09Z
dc.date.created2013
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/23711
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6420
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores the cult and mythos of the goddess Kali both in her Eastern and Western contexts, comparing and contrasting them in order to gain a better understanding of the Western appropriations of Kali within feminist goddess spirituality. Utilizing a variety of methods, including ethnographic research conducted at Kali temples in California, this research is aimed at providing an entry into the lived contemporary tradition of the Western Kali within goddess spirituality circles, focusing on embodied experience, devotion, ritual, and syncretic practices. Kali, a fierce Indian goddess, is often seen in the Hindu context as a central manifestation of the all encompassing Mother Goddess (Mahadevi, Devi, Shakti, etc), and therefore is a particularly engaging example of contemporary Western appropriation of religious and cultural symbols and narratives. This thesis contributes to understanding Kali in her new North American domain, as well as serving as a case study of the shifting religious landscape in the West.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
dc.subjectKali (Hindu goddess)
dc.subjectHinduism
dc.subjectContemporary religion (North America)
dc.subjectFeminist spirituality
dc.subjectGoddess religion
dc.subjectsyncretism
dc.subjectgendered divine
dc.subjectritual
dc.subjectethnography
dc.subjectReligion in the West
dc.subjectShaktism
dc.subjectNeopaganism
dc.subjectWitchcraft
dc.titleFrom the Temple to the Witch’s Coven: Journeying West with Kali Ma, Fierce Goddess of Transformation. A Study of Contemporary Kali Worship in North America: Syncretism, Sacred Relationships, and the Gendered Divine
dc.typeThesis
dc.faculty.departmentClassics and Religious Studies
dc.contributor.supervisorVallely, Anne
dc.embargo.termsimmediate
dc.degree.nameMA
dc.degree.levelmasters
dc.degree.disciplineArts
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineArts
uottawa.departmentClassics and Religious Studies
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