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The goddess Kali and the Virgin Mary

Dupuche, John R. (2012) The goddess Kali and the Virgin Mary. Australian eJournal of Theology, 19 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1448 – 6326

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    Comparative theology as defined by F. X. Clooney is rich in possibilities and able to lead in surprising directions. This article shows how an appreciation of the ferocious goddess Kali can, unexpectedly, lead to a heightened appreciation of the texts concerning the Virgin Mary. It gives a necessarily brief survey of the varied descriptions of Kali which, intentionally, defy any categorisation. In order to answer the questions put by some of her typical features, it studies, exegetically, a small number of texts concerning Mary, and only a few aspects of those texts, and leads to valuable new perspectives on the Blessed Mother. It does not consider the historicity of the Biblical episodes, but looks only at the evangelists’ presentation of the personages and the theology. Lastly, it asks that if Jesus, surprisingly to many in his day, was called ‘the Christ’, can Mary be called ‘the Kali’.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): F.X. Clooney, Comparative Theology, Kali, Mary, Holy Spirit, energy
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220402 Comparative Religious Studies
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): A - World Religions
    Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
    Depositing User: Rev Dr John Dupuche
    Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2014 10:58
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 10:58
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1626

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