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Fierce Feminine Divinities of Eurasia and Latin America

Baba Yaga, Kālī, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte

Authors: Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Małgorzata

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In this provocative book, Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba examines untamed feminine divinities from around the world. Although distant geographically, these divine figures are surprisingly similar-representing concepts of liminality, outsiderhood, and structural inferiority, embodied in the divine feminine. These strong, independent, unrestrained figures are connected to the periphery and to magical powers, including power over sexuality, transformation, and death. Oleszkiewicz-Peralba offers a study of the origin and worship of four feminine deities across cultures and continents: the Slavic Baba Yaga, the Hindu Kālī, the Brazilian Pombagira, and the Mexican Santa Muerte. Although these divinities have often been marginalized through dismissal, demonization, and dulcification, they continue to be extremely attractive, as they empower their devotees confronting them with the ultimate reality of transience and death. Oleszkiewicz-Peralba examines how these sacred icons have been adapted and transformed across time and place.

About the authors

Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba is Professor of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, USA. Her publications include The Black Madonna in Latin America and Europe: Tradition and Transformation (2007), and Teatro popular peruano: del precolombino al siglo XX (1995), as well as numerous scholarly book chapters and articles.

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"A scholarly classic in the new paradigm of truth-telling and genuine democracy that includes everybody and their beliefs - from academia to politics!" Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum, Professor Emerita, California Institute of Integral Studies, USA and author of Black Madonnas: Feminism, Religion and Politics in Italy and The Future has an Ancient Heart: Legacy of Caring, Sharing, Healing, and Vision from the Primordial African Mediterranean to Occupy Everywhere

"In what is truly a cross-cultural and transdisciplinary perspective, Oleszkiewicz-Peralba examines four female divinities from all over the globe who personify not only fierceness, but occupy shadow worlds where spiritual power, wildness, sexuality, rage, blood, and death coexist. Lavishly and informatively illustrated (the photo of the Lowrider trunk altar to Santa Muerte is alone worth the price of admission), Oleszkiewicz-Peralba's study of fierce deities combines the rigor of a true scholar with the sass, wit, and charm of Pombagira" - Alan West-Durán, Northeastern University, USA and editor-in-chief of Cuba (two volumes), and author of Afro-Caribbeans and Tropics of History

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Małgorzata

    Pages 1-11

  • Baba Yaga, the Witch from Slavic Fairy Tales

    Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Małgorzata

    Pages 15-52

  • Kālī, the Ultimate Fierce Feminine

    Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Małgorzata

    Pages 53-66

  • Pombagira, the Holy Streetwalker

    Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Małgorzata

    Pages 69-101

  • Santa Muerte, Death the Protector

    Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Małgorzata

    Pages 103-135

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fierce Feminine Divinities of Eurasia and Latin America
Book Subtitle
Baba Yaga, Kālī, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-53500-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137535009
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54354-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-56076-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 188
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