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The Goddess as Role Model: Sita and Radha in Scripture and on Screen

Heidi R. M. Pauwels

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369908
eISBN:
9780199871322
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369908.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book seeks to understand the major mythological role models that mark the moral landscape of young Hindu women. Generally, the goddess Sita, faithful consort of the god Rama, is regarded as the ... More


Introduction: Sītā and Rādhā, Role Models for Women?

Heidi R. M. Pauwels

in The Goddess as Role Model: Sita and Radha in Scripture and on Screen

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369908
eISBN:
9780199871322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369908.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The introduction sets up the basic question of the book: when are goddesses as role models potentially empowering or oppressive for women? It situates this question within contemporary feminist ... More


“Only You”: The Wedding of Rāma and Sītā, Past and Present

Mandakranta Bose

in The Ramayana Revisited

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195168327
eISBN:
9780199835362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168321.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter studies narrative design. Gender roles are studied, in which three versions of the wedding of Rāma and Sītā as they appear in Valmiki's Rāmāyana, in Tulsidas's Ramcaritmanas, and the TV ... More


When Does Sītā Cease to Be Sītā?: Notes toward a Cultural Grammar of Indian Narratives

Mandakranta Bose

in The Ramayana Revisited

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195168327
eISBN:
9780199835362
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195168321.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter looks at how a fictional character's identity can change when the character is recreated through multiple versions of the narrative. In comparison to other legendary women of India, such ... More


Sita Devi, an Early Vaishnava Guru

Rebecca J. Manring

in The Graceful Guru: Hindu Female Gurus in India and the United States

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195145380
eISBN:
9780199849963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145380.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In an attempt to ground this volume solidly in India's past, this chapter discusses Sita Devi, one sanctioned, premodern South Asian female guru, to demonstrate that the current seeming profusion of ... More


Draupadī and Sītā: Dharmapatnīs of Two Different Kinds

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter comes back to women's dharma: now depicted not so much through maternal generations as in its enactment by each epic's chief heroine. Rather than being portrayed biographically, the ... More


Sita’s Ramayana’s Negotiation with an Indian Epic Picture Storytelling Tradition

Anuja Madan

in Graphic Novels for Children and Young Adults: A Collection of Critical Essays

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496811677
eISBN:
9781496811714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496811677.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter analyzes Sita's Ramayana, a graphic novel published in 2011 by the Indian publisher Tara Books in partnership with Groundwood Books in the United States and Canada. Illustrated by Moyna ... More


Two Dharma Biographies?: Sītā and Draupadī

Alf Hiltebeitel

in Dharma

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834661
eISBN:
9780824870713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834661.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter focuses on Sītā and Draupadī's dharma biographies, which introduce two exemplary strands of women's spirituality. Their spiritual life comes to be intertwined with bhakti, “devotion”—and ... More


Karam il-Yatīm: A Translation of an Egyptian Folk Ballad

Pierre Cachia

in Exploring Arab Folk Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640867
eISBN:
9780748653300
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640867.003.0011
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter provides a translation of Karam il-Yatīm, a form of an Egyptian folk ballad. The translation in this chapter is one of the four songs sung by Yūsuf Šitā, recorded on commercially ... More


Attaining: The Mountain Daughter’s Many Forms

Kirin Narayan

in Everyday Creativity: Singing Goddesses in the Himalayan Foothills

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226407425
eISBN:
9780226407739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226407739.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter focuses on Sita-devi, an old woman who shared her favorite songs with the author. Like many accomplished singers of her generation, Sita-devi most valued songs carrying mythological ... More


The Ramayana and Sita in Films and Popular Media: The Repositioning of a Globalised Version

Aarttee Kaul Dhar

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Sita is a leading female icon of India, and Ramayana forms a key part of India’s epic heritage, yet her character remains largely unknown in popular films outside India. With three hundred variations ... More


Sītā: Enduring Example for Women

Heidi R. Pauwels

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: The Goddess

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198767022
eISBN:
9780191821226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767022.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

The impulse in Hinduism to attribute divinity to women is well demonstrated in the legend of Sītā. Her unconditional devotion to her husband Rāma qualifies her as worthy of devotion, particularly ... More


Shakuntala and the Ring of Memory

Wendy Doniger

in The Ring of Truth: And Other Myths of Sex and Jewelry

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190267117
eISBN:
9780190621759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190267117.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

The jewelry of princess Sita plays a key role in the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana, and in a play about an Indian king who falls in love with a mystery woman identified only by her necklace. A ... More


Shadows of the Ramayana 1

Wendy Doniger

in On Hinduism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199360079
eISBN:
9780199377923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0037
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The Ramayana is the oldest surviving Hindu text and one of the world’s most popular epics. Composed by the sage Valmiki in Sanskrit in Northern India, sometime between the second century BCE and the ... More


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