The volume “Nine Nights of Power: Durga, Dolls, and Drabars”, edited by Ute Hüsken, Vasudha Narayanan and Astrid Zotter was just published as part of the SUNY series in Hindu Studies. Its ten richly illustrated contributions deal with different aspects of the autumnal festival Navaratri (also called Durgapuja/Dassehra/Dasain), arguably the most important Hindu festival. The rituals of this nine-night and ten-day long festival take place in royal, domestic and public spaces. Exploring this festival as celebrated in diverse regions of South Asia and in the South Asian diaspora, this book addresses the following common questions: What does this festival do, what does it achieve, and how? The authors discuss issues of agency, authority, ritual efficacy, creativity, change, appropriation, and adaptation.Link
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