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Rivers as Women: The Femininity of Rivers in Maharashtra

June 12, 2014 - 16:15-18:00

Oslo University invites to: Morgenstierne lecture by Professor Anne Feldhaus, Arizona State University, USA,  
In the Marathi-language region of India, Maharashtra, rivers’ names are grammatically feminine; stories show many of them to be liquefied women; offerings made to them are those most appropriately made to a woman; when they are dressed, it is in women’s clothes.  In addition, there are a number of different kinds of goddesses in Maharashtra that live in or embody rivers. Why are rivers represented in female form? And what does the femininity of rivers mean to the people who see them this way? The talk will approach an answer to these questions by analyzing the feminine roles that rivers and river divinities are seen as filling and the values they are seen to promote.
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Venue: PAM room 10, at Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo

Rivers as Women: The Femininity of Rivers in Maharashtra


June 12, 2014