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Flueckiger: When the World Becomes Female

Flueckiger, Joyce Burkhalter:
When the World Becomes Female : Guises of a South Indian Goddess / Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger. - Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2013. - xvi, 314 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-0-253-00952-4
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-- Angekündigt für Juli 2013

During the goddess Gangamma’s festival in the town of Tirupati, lower-caste men take guises of the goddess, and the streets are filled with men wearing saris, braids, and female jewelry. By contrast, women participate by intensifying the rituals they perform for Gangamma throughout the year, such as cooking and offering food. Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger argues that within the festival ultimate reality is imagined as female and women identify with the goddess, whose power they share. Vivid accounts by male and female participants offer new insights into Gangamma’s traditions and the nature of Hindu village goddesses. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface and Acknowledgments. ix
Note on Transliteration. xv
Introduction. 1
Part 1. Imaginative Worlds of Gangamma
   1. An Aesthetics of Excess. 27
   2. Guising, Transformation, Recognition, and Possibility. 54
   3. Narratives of Excess and Access. 75
   4. Female-Narrated Possibilities of Relationship. 97
   5. Gangamma as Ganga River Goddess. 113
Part 2. Those Who Bear the Goddess
   6. Wandering Goddess, Village Daughter: Avilala Reddys. 139
   7. Temple and Vesham Mirasi: The Kaikalas of Tirupati. 157
   8. The Goddess Served and Lost: Tattayagunta Mudaliars. 180
   9. Exchanging Talis with the Goddess: Protection and Freedom to Move. 210
   10. "Crazy for the Goddess": A Consuming Relationship. 242
Conclusion: Possibilities of a World Become Female. 265
Glossary. 273
Notes. 281
References. 297
Index. 305


Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger is Professor of Religion at Emory University. She is author of In Amma’s Healing Room: Gender and Vernacular Islam in South India (IUP, 2009) and Gender and Genre in the Folklore of Middle India. Profile page.

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