Talk:Shaktism

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  • "Further Reading" list is weak

Lead Paragraph Edits[edit]

Someone had added Smartism as one of the primary schools of Hinduism. In fact, it is a largely caste-based sect of Southern Hinduism, not a primary strand. As far as I know, Smartism was never considered as a major school of Hinduism until Satguru Subramuniyaswami proposed it as such in the mid-90's. He undoubtedly had his reasons -- albeit mainly sectarian and idiosyncratic -- for doing so. But the purpose of an encyclopedia article is to clarify, not obscure a topic.

For all practical purposes, a newcomer approaching Hinduism will be helped by understanding that the faith mainly comprises three sects: Vaishnavism, encompassing Krishna and Rama-centered cults, and representing the vast bulk of rituals, practices and beliefs that most Hindus follow; Shaivism, the more meditative and philosophically sophisticated practices placing Shiva at their apex; and Shaktism, the focus of this article, encompassing the Devi or Goddess-centered sects. These divisions are a useful starting point for getting a grasp on what Hinduism is.

In summary, then, the inclusion of Smartism is (a) a largely arbitrary and sectarian inclusion (i.e. if we admit Smartism as a "main school" of Hinduism, we immediately face the claims of at least a hundred other equally qualified sub-sects); and (b) a complex and difficult subdivision to explain, unlike Vaishnavism and Shaivism, and one more likely to confuse and obscure readers than to enlighten them.

Criticism Para[edit]

Adi Shakti in form of Goddess Kali is liberator of Moksha. Hence Shaktism is paradoxic too many scientific interpretations are similar with all paradoxic shaktism Concept.

Worshiped by the Enemies of the Aryans[edit]

Please see my comments on the talk page for the Dasa article. There is some evidence that the enemies of the Rgvedic Aryans worshiped Durga. Hokie Tech (talk) 23:21, 12 September 2010 (UTC)

This article is about religion and not about race myths. The term Aryan being used for a race is nineteenth century invention. This article is not about 'Aryans' but about Shakti worshippers among 'Hindus', so what you are stating is irrelevant to this article. Put it up in some other article about Aryan races if you please. Thanks. Kanga Roo in the Zoo (talk) 12:38, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Animal Sacrifice[edit]

This article doesn't mention animal sacrifice performed at many Kali or Durga temples throughout India. Must say that is a serious omission. I want to discuss it here before adding content to a GA Jonathansammy (talk) 22:21, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Please add it with references or add proposed changes here. --Redtigerxyz Talk 04:10, 5 January 2015 (UTC)