Fabulous Females and Peerless Pirs Tales of Mad Adventure in Old Bengal

ISBN-10: 0195165306
ISBN-13: 9780195165302
Edition: 2003
Authors: Tony K. Stewart
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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

A distinctive aspect of Hindu devotion is the veneration of a human guru, who is not only an exemplar and a teacher, but is often worshipped as an embodiment of the divine. In the past these gurus have almost always been men. Today, however, female gurus are a noticeable presence, especially in the United States. This collection of nine all new essays looks at the phenomenon of the female guru both in its original Indian context, where Hindu women leaders have been unusual but notunknown, and as it has evolved on the American scene. Each chapter is devoted to a particular female guru, ranging from the fifth-century Tamil saint Karaikkal Ammaiyar to Gurumayi, who today presides over the worldwide movement of Siddha Yoga, headquartered in the Catskill resort town of SouthFallsburg, New York. The biographies of these special women are both fascinating in their own right and shed important new light on issues of gender and religious authority.

Tony K. Stewart is Associate Professor of South Asian Religions at North Carolina State University and Director of the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies.

Introduction
About the Translations
The Wazir's Daughter Who Married a Sacrificial Goat
The Unwilting Garland of Faithfulness
The Fabled Bengama Bird and the Stupid Prince
The Disconsolate Yogi Who Turned the Merchant's Wife into a Dog
The Mother's Son Who Spat up Pearls
The Erstwhile Bride and Her Winged Horse
The Bloodthirsty Ogress Who Would Be Queen
The Princess Who Nursed Her Own Husband
Notes
Glossary
Further Readings
Index

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