Female Ascetics in Hinduism

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SUNY Press, 6 авг. 2004 г. - Всего страниц: 218
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Female Ascetics in Hinduism provides a vivid account of the lives of women renouncers--women who renounce the world to live ascetic spiritual lives--in India. The author approaches the study of female asceticism by focusing on features of two dharmas, two religiously defined ways of life: that of woman-as-householder and that of the ascetic, who, for various reasons, falls outside the realm of householdership. The result of fieldwork conducted in V? ran? si (Benares), the book explores renouncers' social and personal backgrounds, their institutions, and their ways of life. Offering a first-hand look at and an insightful analysis of this little-known world, this highly readable book will be indispensable to those interested in female asceticism in the Hindu tradition and women's spiritual lives around the world.
  

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The Religious Life of Womanashouseholder
23
The Woman Who Is Not a Householder Widowhood Unmarriageability and Female Asceticism
41
Unity and Diversity I Basic Terminology
57
Unity and Diversity II Sectarian Affiliation Spiritual Path and Ascetic Mode
77
Socioreligious Aspects of Female Asceticism in Varanasi
103
Sainthood Society and Transcendence Legends and Poetry of Women Saints
139
Notes
167
Glossary of Hindu and Sanskrit Terms
189
Bibliography
191
Supplemental Bibliography
203
Index
209
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Lynn Teskey Denton (1949-1995) was Assistant Professor of Religion at Concordia University and also taught at McMaster University.

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