The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent

The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent

by Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521432871

ISBN-13: 9780521432870

Pub. Date: 09/24/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This work is an original and critical interpretation of Sikh literature from a feminist perspective. It analyzes the rich feminine imagery and symbolism that pervades the divine-human encounter in this literature, and gives a new authenticity to a relatively neglected religious tradition. Nikky Singh shows convincingly that Sikh Gurus and poets did not want the

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This work is an original and critical interpretation of Sikh literature from a feminist perspective. It analyzes the rich feminine imagery and symbolism that pervades the divine-human encounter in this literature, and gives a new authenticity to a relatively neglected religious tradition. Nikky Singh shows convincingly that Sikh Gurus and poets did not want the feminine principle to serve just as a figure of speech or literary device, but was intended, rather, to pervade the whole life of the Sikhs. Her work thus reverses an androcentric approach to Sikhism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521432870
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/24/1993
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions Series, #3
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The primal paradox: seeing the transcendent; 2. Mother: the infinite matrix; 3. The bride seeks her groom: an epiphany of interconnections; 4. Durgā recalled: transition from mythos to ethos; 5. The maiden weaves: garlands of songs and waves; 6. The woman asks: 'what is life?'; 7. Sundarī: the paradigm of Sikh ethics; 8. Rānī Rāj Kaur: the mystical journey; Conclusion; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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