One summer can change everything...
One summer can change everything...
Annually during the months of autumn, Bengal hosts three interlinked festivals to honor its most important goddesses: Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri. While each of these deities possesses a distinct iconography, myth, and character, they are all martial. Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatri often demand blood sacrifice as part of their worship and offer material and spiritual benefits to their votaries. Richly represented in straw, clay, paint, and decoration, they are similarly displayed in elaborately festooned temples, thronged by thousands of admirers. The first book to recount the history of these festivals and their revelry, rivalry, and nostalgic power, this volume marks an unprecedented achievement in the mapping of a major public event. Rachel Fell McDermott describes the festivals' origins and growth under British rule. She identifies their iconographic conventions and carnivalesque qualities and their relationship to the fierce, Tantric sides of ritual practice. McDermott confronts controversies over the tradition of blood sacrifice and the status-seekers who compete for symbolic capital. Expanding her narrative, she takes readers beyond Bengal's borders to trace the transformation of the goddesses and their festivals across the world. McDermott's work underscores the role of holidays in cultural memory, specifically the Bengali evocation of an ideal, culturally rich past. Under the thrall of the goddess, the social, political, economic, and religious identity of Bengalis takes shape.
A collection of poems written over the past 15 years by a poet known for her craft, humor and religious faith.
The simplicity of a poem left on a concrete step.Where had it come from? Unwelcome memories shimmer in the heat of summer.Travis raises his eyes to search the street. There is no one. There must be someone out there...but where? Revelry in Reverie uses a unique combination of fiction, photographs, and previously published poetry to explore such topics as life, love, the loss of innocence, and the corrosive effects of war. Generously salted with poetic portraits by award winning* poet, Kelvin Bueckert, Revelry in Reverie is a quick, yet substantial read. *Honorable Mention in the, "Unscrambled Eggs Poetry contest."www.kelvinbueckert.com
This book is for school leaders who handle the conflicts and commotions which arise from human nature issues in schools and the shortage of school resources. It offers 20 strategies which demonstrate how to support teaching and learning in your school.
Cooper Ryan is living the dream. Between the parties with rock royalty, booze, groupies and performing to crowds of thousands with his band Taint, life seems pretty sweet. There's just one thing missing: the feisty little red-head that took his baby and ran off with his heart. Throwing himself into music is the only thing keeping him sane. Until a run-in with a nonplussed, package-wielding PA throws everything off balance. Ali Jones is having a craptastic life. Her grandmother died, leaving her homeless, penniless, and alone, and her boyfriend left her for a tramp who takes her clothes off for money. That's why when she lands her dream job at a record company it seems like it's too good to be true. Because it is. Slapped with an ultimatum, Ali must decide if facing the horror of the unemployment line is a fate worse than going on the road with four rowdy rockers hell-bent on making her life misery. He's adored by millions. She's not even loved by her cat. Can they ignore their hatred long enough to survive the tour from hell? Or will their chemistry force everything to come crashing down around them?
"Revelry and Risk" inaugurates the publication program of the Social Practice Area at the California College of the Arts. It features the work of Bridget Barnhart, Anne Devine, Jennifer Durban, Amanda Herman, and Carly Troncale with essays by Ted Purves and Randall Szott. The projects presented in this book span such disparate practices as urban and rural interventions, curation, guerilla architecture, social sculpture, project-based community practice, service dispersals and performance. These varied forms of public strategy are critically linked by theories of relational art, social aesthetics, pluralism and democracy.
A humorous adventure story, with a happy ending. The women not only find adventure, but romance, as well.
This study looks at the relationship between popular recreations and the spaces in which they took place, and in doing so it provides a history of how England enjoyed itself during the long eighteenth century. Because the poor lacked land of their own, public spaces were needed for their sports and pastimes. Such recreations included: parish wakes and feasts; civic fairs and celebrations; football, cricket and other athletic sports; bull- and bear-baiting; and the annual celebrations of Shrove Tuesday and Guy Fawkes. Three case studies form the core of this book, each looking at the recreations and spaces to be found in different types of settlement: first, the streets and squares of provincial market towns; then the diverse vacant spaces to be found in industrialising towns and villages of the west Midlands and West Riding of Yorkshire; and finally the village greens of rural England. Through a detailed examination of contemporary books, diaries and newspapers, and records in over forty archives, Dr Griffin addresses the questions of what spaces were used, and what was the interaction with those who used and controlled the land. The industrial revolution has been seen to have had a negative impact on popular recreation; through its innovative use of the concept of space, this book provides a welcome alternative to this traditional view.
A young Floridian awaiting a kidney transplant relocates to New York when the in-family donation she expected from one sister does not materialize. When our perceived enemies know us and become our friends and allies, their influence can move mountains.
On historical and cultural origins of the two popular Kapampangan religious rituals.