Goddesses and Women in the Indic Religious Tradition


Goddesses and Women in the Indic Religious Tradition goes beyond the traditional sources that lie at the basis for determining the position of goddesses and women in India. Following the lead of a hermeneutics of surprise the book identifies, indeed, surprising new material and conclusions; for example the analysis of Vedic rauta ritual. Or by offering surprising conclusions, when the location is obviously one involving women and goddesses, or anthropology discovers that the worship of the Great Goddess temporarily elevates the position of women. Other examples of the effectivity of the hermeneutics of surprise are seen when applied to the role of kin s, akti worship, the Marathi Sant tradition,and to a kara s commentaries.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Arvind Sharma
  • Stephanie W. Jamison
  • Victoria Kennick Urubshurow
  • Kartikeya C. Patel
  • Hillary Rodrigues
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2005