In india, a country where christians account for only about 2. 3 percent of the total vast population, the image and iconography of mother mary, the blessed virgin, are venerated by untold millions. My lecture course this semester is indeed, hindu goddesses and the blessed virgin mary. Though ive taught it before, this time around it is a complement to my 2009 spring course, god. , a scholar of hinduism as well as a catholic priest and theologian, offers the first full-length comparative study of hindu goddesses and the virgin mary. Get this from a library! Divine mother, blessed mother hindu goddesses and the virgin mary. -- francis clooney explores the parallels between veneration of the virgin mary & hindu traditions associated with goddess-worship. His work sheds new light, not merely upon the respective faiths, but. The virgin mary has long been the object of both devotional and scholarly interest, and recent years have seen a proliferation of studies on hindu goddess-worship traditions. Despite the parallels between the two, however, no one has yet undertaken a book-length comparison of these traditions. 28 mb reviews the most effective publication i at any time read. We have study and i am sure that i will likely to read yet again once again in the foreseeable future. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for divine mother, blessed mother hindu goddesses and the virgin mary at amazon. I am a shaktaa - a hindu who is devoted to the goddess in all her many forms. There are a plethora of goddesses who are similar in some ways to the virgin mary, but, i would add, there are some big differences. Probably the biggest difference is that most of our goddesses are depicted as married. Im saying that catholics, orthodox christians and south indian hindus have a mother mary and they all teach abstinence from meat on fridays (although hindus are not supposed to eat meat, fish or eggs at all). Set alongside the hindu hymns are three marian hymns, the ancient orthodox christian akathistos hymn to the mother of god (6th century) the stabat mater, picturing mary standing by the cross of her son (13th century) the mataracamman antati (linked verses in honor of the queen among women, the goddess of mylapore), a tamil hymn praising mary as the (new and real) mother of mylapore.