From the Jacket

The energy of the goddess fills every facet of Indian life. To her devotees, the goddess appears in myriad forms: a mother, boon-giver destroyer of evil, a divine lover a protector and/ or a bloodthirsty ogress. The more we discover about her, the more teasingly complex and multivalent the Devi appears. She is constant and changing loved and feared worshipped and forgotten only to be re-discovered and worshipped.

In this book for the first time, ten Australian researchers working on many aspects of the Devi have come together and offered in a single collection new research on the divine female. This book is the beginning of a renewed quest for the iconic Devi who continues to emerge in her many unpredictably powerful.