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Woman and Goddess in Hinduism

Reinterpretations and Re-envisionings

Authors: Pintchman, T., Sherma, R.

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Offering multilayered explorations of Hindu understandings of the Feminine, both human and divine, this book emphasizes theological and activist methods and aims over historical, anthropological, and literary ones.

About the authors

TRACY PINTCHMAN is a Professor and Director of the International Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago, USA.
 
RITA SHARMA is Director of the Institute For Theology Beyond Boundaries and Executive Director of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Taksha Institute, Hampton, USA.

Reviews

"The role of the female within the Hindu tradition is both varied and vigorous, as the multiple contributors to this text reveal. They bring together scholarship and sensitivity in conveying unique dimensions and valuable perceptions of that role.This book is an important read for anyone seeking to comprehend female spirituality and divinity in the Hindu context." - Ramdas Lamb, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Hawaii at Manoa"The essays in this outstanding volume successfully avoid the common pitfalls of, on the one hand, objectifying and exoticizing the various Hindu categories and concepts with which they engage, and on the other, of deploying these same categories and concepts in a simplistic and uncritical manner. The hermeneutics of intersubjectivity that the authors skillfully apply to their materials should be a model for future work in the field of Hindu studies." - Jeffery D. Long, Associate Professor of Religion and Asian Studies, Elizabethtown College, and author of A Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism and Jainism: An Introduction"This book skillfully addresses all things feminine in Indian traditions: goddesses, female gurus, the lives of Hindu women, and more.Includes many excellent new translations of key passages from Sanskrit litereature." - Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Hermeneutics of Intersubjectivity

    Sherma, Rita D.

    Pages 1-16

  • Satī, Suttee, and Sāvitrī

    Sharma, Arvind

    Pages 19-31

  • Female Beauty, Female Power: Seeing Devī in the Saundarya Laharī

    Clooney, Francis Xavier

    Pages 33-60

  • Mystery, Wonder, and Knowledge in the Triadic Figure of Mahāvidyā Chinnamastā: A Śākta Woman’s Reading

    Saxena, Neela Bhattacharya

    Pages 61-75

  • Sītā Rasoīs and Śākta Pīthas: A Feminine Reclamation of Mythic and Epic Proportions

    Herman, Phyllis K.

    Pages 79-95

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Woman and Goddess in Hinduism
Book Subtitle
Reinterpretations and Re-envisionings
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11992-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230119925
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11369-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29540-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 243
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