Women and the Hindu Tradition

@article{Wadley1977WomenAT,
  title={Women and the Hindu Tradition},
  author={Susan Snow Wadley},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  year={1977},
  volume={3},
  pages={113 - 125}
}
  • S. Wadley
  • Published 1977
  • History
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
The concept of the female in Hindu ideology presents an essential duality:1 on the one hand, she is fertile, benevolent-the bestower; on the other, she is aggressive, malevolent-the destroyer. As a popular statement about the goddess suggests, "in times of prosperity she indeed is Laksmi, who bestows prosperity in the homes of men; and in times of misfortune, she herself becomes the goddess of misfortune, and brings about ruin."2 In a similar vein, the name of the South Indian goddess… Expand
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