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When the World Becomes Female Guises of a South Indian Goddess

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ISBN-10: 0253009561

ISBN-13: 9780253009562

Edition: 2013

Authors: Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

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During the goddess Gangamma's festival in the town of Tirupati, lower-caste men take guises of the goddess, and the streets are filled with men wearing saris, braids, and female jewellery. By contrast, women participate by intensifying the rituals they perform for Gangamma throughout the year, such as cooking and offering food. Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger argues that within the festival ultimate reality is imagined as female and women identify with the goddess, whose power they share. Vivid accounts by male and female participants offer new insights into Gangamma's traditions and the nature of Hindu village goddesses.
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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 7/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger is Associate Professor of Religion at Emory University and author of Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
Imaginative Worlds of Gangamma
An Aesthetics of Excess
Guising Transformation, Recognition, and Possibility
Narratives of Excess and Access
Female-Narrated Possibilities of Relationship
Gangamma as Ganga River Goddess
Those Who Bear the Goddess
Wandering Goddess, Village Daughter: Avilala Reddys
Temple and Vesham Mirasi: The Kaikalas of Tirupati
The Goddess Served and Lost: Tatayyagunta Mudaliars
Exchanging Talis with the Goddess: Protection and Freedom to Move
"Crazy for the Goddess": A Consuming Relationship
Conclusion: Possibilities of a World Become Female