By J. Thomas Rimer
Presents tale outlines, authors' biographies, and information for examining fifty chosen works of jap literature from the classical and sleek sessions.
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Jackals are dancing among the corpses and noncorpses, making horrid noises. Joining them 25 She cackles aloud a hideous laughter and places Her feet on the heart of corpse-like Siva, tousling Her long thick hair. Kamalakanta stares absorbed not even blinking his eyes. Kamalakanta Bhattacdrya 6 Her face is a spotless moon ever blissful drinking nectar, Her body graceful, startling the bodiless God of Love. Oh King, don't be shocked but Siva whom you take as Brahman is a corpse at Her feet! Who is this woman on the battlefield?
Dasamthi Ray 11 The World-Mother's police chief goes strolling in the dead of night. "Victory to Kali! " striking his cheeks. Ghosts, goblins, and corpses roused by spirits also roam about. In an empty house 30 at the crossroads they hope to unnerve the devotee. A half-moon on his forehead a big trident in his hand clumps of matted hairs falling to his feet the police chief is arrogant like Death. First he resembles a snake then a tiger then a huge bear! This may alarm the devotee: Ghosts will kill me!
In all of the available Tantric descriptions of this Goddess, the macabre is combined with the soothing, the fearsome with the pacific, so as to create a purposeful tension (see Fig. The Bengali poets are true to this aspect of the Sanskrit literary tradition and draw upon the same imagery. A few, in fact, do no more than to render the dhyanas into Bengali. This is especially true of the early zamindars, who self-consciously undertook a program of popularizing Tantric texts, deities, and rites through translations into the vernacular.
A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature by J. Thomas Rimer