When the World Becomes Female: Guises of a South Indian Goddess

When the World Becomes Female: Guises of a South Indian Goddess

by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

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When the World Becomes Female: Guises of a South Indian Goddess by Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

During the goddess Gangamma’s festival in the town of Tirupati, lower-caste men take guises of the goddess, and the streets are filled with men wearing saris, braids, and female jewelry. By contrast, women participate by intensifying the rituals they perform for Gangamma throughout the year, such as cooking and offering food. Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger argues that within the festival ultimate reality is imagined as female and women identify with the goddess, whose power they share. Vivid accounts by male and female participants offer new insights into Gangamma’s traditions and the nature of Hindu village goddesses.

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ISBN-13: 9780253009609
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 07/23/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger is Professor of Religion at Emory University. She is author of In Amma’s Healing Room: Gender and Vernacular Islam in South India (IUP, 2009) and Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India.

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