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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


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


Gṛhasthas Don’t Belong in the Rāmā̄yaṇa

Aaron Sherraden

in Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

This chapter explores the position of the gṛhastha in the Rāmāyaṇa primarily through its striking absence—the concept is not found in the text with the exception of one verse. It properly ... More


Hanuman: Shakti, Bhakti, and Brahmacharya

Joseph S. Alter

in The Wrestler's Body: Identity and Ideology in North India

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520076976
eISBN:
9780520912175
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520076976.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Every akhara has at least one shrine dedicated to Lord Hanuman, and his worship is an important part of every wrestler's daily regimen. This chapter shows how Hanuman serves as a model for the ... More


Transsexual Transformations of Subjectivity and Memory in Hindu Mythology 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/9780199360079.003.0024
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines transvestism and transsexuality in Hindu mythology, focusing on the nature of human identity. It looks at key episodes in the two Hindu epics, the Mahabharata and the Valmiki ... More


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