The Feminine Principle in the Sikh Vision of the Transcendent

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521432870
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/1993
  • 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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