Roles and Rituals for Hindu Women
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1992 - Religion - 267 pages
The considerable interest currently being expressed in women and religion has thrown down an important challenge; the need to see women not merely as the passive victims of an oppressive ideology but also perhaps primarily as the active agents of their own positive constructs. This book therefore aims to fill a notable gap in the literature. Twelve contributors study the role of women in Hindu religion by examining textual studies of the part played by women in a variety of religion rituals, both past and present, by exploring the socio-religious context of their various communites; and by using specialist material to draw on cross-cultural conclusions.
Introduction Julia Leslie
Indras Curse Varunas Noose and the Suppression of
Motive and Intention in the Votive Rites of Hindu
Some MagicoReligious Beliefs
Ambivalent Role Models for Women
The Traditional Repertoire of the Tiruttaņi Temple Dancers
The Character of the Repertoire
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