The Goddess of Snakes in Medieval Bengali Literature

  title={The Goddess of Snakes in Medieval Bengali Literature},
  author={Edward C. Dimock,},
  journal={History of Religions},
  pages={307 - 321}
  • E. Dimock,
  • Published 1 December 1962
  • Art
  • History of Religions
There has been current in Bengal for many centuries a type of literature known as mangal-kdvya. The term means something like "eulogistic poetry."2 The poems classed as mangal do in fact eulogize one or another of the gods and goddesses-Candi, Siva, Manasa, and Sltala, among others. They tell of the power and magnificence of a particular divinity, how man prospers by the worship of that divinity and suffers by denying it. The mangal poems have been sung for many centuries as part of the worship… 
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