At the Feet of the Goddess embraces ritual, worship and iconography, rather than philosophy and metaphysics, in two communities. In each of these sites, as is common within many local communities across India, it is female deities that predominate. Although local worship is based on ritual and grounded in a tradition that may not be fully comprehended by its adherents, it is also partly based in, and is a reflection of, a more complex metaphysical undercurrent. Local goddesses, in particular, while representing anthropomorphized figures for the majority of their devotees, are concurrently the personifications of the abstract concept of sakti female divine energy.
Contents: Foreword by Brian Swimme; Teilhard's Transforming Thought; The Stuff of the Universe; The Inside of Things; The Juvenile Earth; The Appearance of Life; The Expansion of Life; Mother Earth (Demeter); The Birth of Thought; The Deployment of the Noosphere; The Modern Earth; The Collective Way Out; Beyond the Collective: The Hyperpersonal; The Ultimate Earth; Epilogue: The Christian Phenomenon; Summary or Postface: The Essence of the Human Phenomenon; Appendix: Some Comments on the Place and Role of Evil in an Evolving World; Index.