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Women’s Authority and Leadership in a Hindu Goddess Tradition

Authors: Spina, Nanette

  • Presents an in-depth historical and ethnographic study of migrant acculturation and identity definition 
  • Offers both qualitative and quantitative data and draws on extensive ethnographic fieldwork 
  • Unique focus on the boundaries that connect and associate religion with notions of gender, identity, and ethnicity
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This book investigates women’s ritual authority and the common boundaries between religion and notions of gender, ethnicity, and identity. Nanette R. Spina situates her study within the transnational Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi movement established by the Tamil Indian guru, Bangaru Adigalar. One of the most prominent, defining elements of this tradition is that women are privileged with positions of leadership and ritual authority. This represents an extraordinary shift from orthodox tradition in which religious authority has been the exclusive domain of male Brahmin priests. Presenting historical and contemporary perspectives on the transnational Adhiparasakthi  organization, Spina analyzes women’s roles and means of expression within the tradition. The book takes a close look at the Adhiparasakthi society in Toronto, Canada (a Hindu community in both its transnational and diasporic dimensions), and how this Canadian temple has both shaped and demonstrated their own diasporic Hindu identity. The Toronto Adhiparasakthi society illustrates how Goddess theology, women's ritual authority, and “inclusivity” ethics have dynamically shaped the identity of this prominent movement overseas. 
Based on years of ethnographic fieldwork, the volume draws the reader into the rich textures of culture, community, and ritual life with the Goddess. 

About the authors

Nanette R. Spina is Assistant Professor of Religion at the University of Georgia, USA. Her research interests include Hindu traditions in India, Sri Lanka, and North America. She utilizes historical and ethnographic research methods, and has conducted field studies among religious communities in South Asia and North America including an extensive field study in Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on Hindu traditions, religion and migration, and religion and gender. 

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women’s Authority and Leadership in a Hindu Goddess Tradition
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58909-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58909-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58908-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 327
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