Laura Amazzone on Goddess Durga and Female Empowerment (#59)

About the Guest:

Laura Amazzone is a teacher, writer, intuitive healer, yogini and initiated priestess in the Shakta Tantra and Kaula Sri Vidya traditions of India and Nepal. She is the author of the award-winning book Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power. She has published numerous articles within the fields of Hinduism, Tantra and Women’s Spirituality in many different encyclopedias, anthologies, journals and also online publications. Laura teaches in the Yoga Philosophy Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She offers a diverse array of authentic and undiluted lineage-based rituals and spiritual practices as well as pilgrimages to Nepal that promote spiritual empowerment and divine embodiment.

In this episode, we discuss:

  1. What value can be derived from gendered iconography?
  2. Background about the goddess Durga
  3. Themes in Laura’s book and how they cultivate female empowerment
  4. How the goddesses can be understood as fields of energy
  5. Misperceptions of goddesses as archetypes
  6. How/Why the brahmanical is a patriarchal lineage
  7. The Durga Puja and its role in Nepal’s culture
  8. How one can establish their own approach to cultivating a connection with the divine mother
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