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Gendered Devitalisations : A Double Reading of the “ Vagina Dentata ” Motif in India

  title={Gendered Devitalisations : A Double Reading of the “ Vagina Dentata ” Motif in India},
  author={Sudhir Kakar},
The motif of the “Vagina Dentata” appears in various Hindu myths and tales belonging to Indic folklore, yet its iconic relevance extends beyond symbolic and religious fields and overlaps with the wider sphere of the discourses on gender and sexuality. Based upon this premise, the paper aims to illustrate the motif of the “toothed vagina” on two interconnected levels: on the first one, it offers a psychoanalytical codification of the symbol and of the violence connected with the removal of the… 



Reflection in psychoanalysis: On symbols and metaphors

  • Henrik Enckell
  • Psychology
    The International journal of psycho-analysis
  • 2010
The author tries to show that ‘symbol’ leans on archaeology while ‘metaphor’ comprises ateleological conception, and draws the outlines of both an archaeological and a teleological model in psychoanalysis.

Hindu myths: A sourcebook translated from the Sanskrit. By Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty. (Penguin Classics.) pp. 358. Harmondsworth, Penguin Books, 1975.

  • J. Brockington
  • History
    Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland
  • 1978
— will continue to intrigue scholars for many years to come. One wonders, however, whether such stray remarks as those on the Ahirbudhnya-samhita (p. 44) are a great help in guiding the readers


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Status of Tribal Women in India

The tribal women, constitute like any other social group, about half of the total population. The tribal women, as women in all social groups, are more illiterate than men. Like others social groups,

The Vagina Dentata and the Immaculatus Uterus Divini Fontis

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Toward an Anthropology of Women

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Medusa's Hair

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