Religious Studies | Hindu Goddesses
B320 | 28598 | D. Haberman

Goddesses have been worshipped in a variety of forms for thousands of years within the
Hindu cultures of India. The goddess is typically conceived in India as a primal creative force
animating the entire universe. Worship of the divine feminine remains one of the most vital
features of religious practice within India today. This course is designed to introduce students
to the “cast of characters” that comprise the goddesses of Hinduism and to the mythology,
iconography, cultic practices, embodied forms, and theology associated with these
goddesses. Course readings will include textual, historical, and field studies, and slides will
be used to give students access to the important visual dimension of the goddesses of India.