Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Walking in the Mother’s Footsteps: Dravidian Virgin Goddesses as Empowering Role Models for Women

Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal - Anna S. King

Alleyn Diesel

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This chapter presents the ancient Dravidian virgin goddess tradition, which is very popular among the Tamil majority of South African Hindus and preserves a unique and possibly prepatriarchal form of religion which places women’s interests and suffering at centre stage. An examination of some of these goddess myths reveals stories of women, usually virtuous and faithful, who have suffered because of the demands of patriarchal traditions, and sometimes died or been killed, but have eventually been vindicated by being transformed into goddesses.

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Diesel, Alleyn. Walking in the Mother’s Footsteps: Dravidian Virgin Goddesses as Empowering Role Models for Women. Indian Religions - Renaissance and Renewal. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 342-358 Mar 2007. ISBN 9781845531690. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21460. Date accessed: 09 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21460. Mar 2007

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