This class will explore how the wide range of sacred texts and iconography in Hinduism has defined the Sacred Feminine. We will focus on the pantheon of Hindu goddesses from consort wives of the deities such as Paravati and Sri-Laksmi to the dark goddesses, Durga and Kali, to the universal mother goddess, Mahadevi. How did and do these goddesses continue to define the role of women? We also will look at the sacred laws and rituals and how they prescribed the duties and responsibilities of women. How do these strictures continue to manifest in the lives of Hindu women today?
No class October 20 and November 24.
Week One Course Readings
Rebirth of the Goddess /Carol Christ (p.50-59 required)
The Great Transformation / Karen Armstrong (Selected pages)
Week 2 Powerpoint Slides
Week 3 Powerpoint Slides
Week 4 Powerpoint Slides
Week 5 Powerpoint Slides
Week 6 Powerpoint Slides