Religious Studies | Hindu Goddesses
R348 | 24970 | Haberman


The above course carries Culture Studies (A) and Arts and Humanities
distribution.

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.