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In this subject students are introduced to the representation of the goddess in the religious traditions of India and, by way of comparison, to those of old Europe and Mesopotamia. Through an analysis of a selection of mythic and religious texts we will study the images of goddesses in several religious traditions and will investigate what this image tells us about gender relations, sexuality and the status of women in the cultures studied. We will also examine the extent to which goddesses are gender exclusive or whether they include both genders in their ambit. The approach will be historical as well as sociological.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKaori Okano

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHindu Goddesses. Vision of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu religious traditionPrescribedKinsley, D.UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS 1986
ReadingsSeeking Mahadevi: constructing the identities of the Hindu Great GoddessRecommendedPintchman, T.STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK PRESS 2001
ReadingsThe Goddesses' mirror. Visions of the Divine from East and WestRecommendedKinsley, D.STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK 1988

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