Fierce Feminine Divinities of Eurasia and Latin America

Baba Yaga, Kālī, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte

  • Authors
  • Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba
      Pages 1-11
  3. Eurasia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 12-12
    2. Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba
      Pages 15-52
    3. Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba
      Pages 53-66
  4. Latin America

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba
      Pages 69-101
    3. Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba
      Pages 103-135
  5. Conclusion

    1. Małgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba
      Pages 137-142
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 143-188

About this book


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.


Fierce goddesses Eurasia Latin America Baba Yaga Ka?li? Pombagira Santa Muerte Slavic fairy tales liminality marginality Umbanda syncretic religions women mythology cross-cultural America culture death religion religions

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