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The Feminine Sacred in South Asia

HaraldTambs Lyche (Editor)
Synopsis South Asia is the only major region where the "Great Goddess" is still a living reality for believers--yet its society remains male-dominated. Drawing their examples from ritual practice, myth, and sacred texts the contributors to this volume discuss the place of the feminine within the sacred sphere of South Asian religion. The theme is full of contradictions, for the impurity of woman must be held against the powers she incarnates, and the religious status of these powers is an old theme of debate among Hindu and Buddhist thinkers. Finally, the feminine pole in religious thought cannot simply be equated with human womanhood.... Yet the very presence of feminity in the sacred sphere contrasts with its exclusion from scriptural Islam or from protestantism, and offers, perhaps, to women a mode of religious expression in an idiom where gender is a central paradigm of thought. This volume then, contributing to the debate on feminity in South Asian religion, should also be of interest to scholars dealing with gender in a broader perspective.
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Bibliographic information

Title The Feminine Sacred in South Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173042462
length 147p., 22cm.