Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture across History, 1st Edition

  • Susan de-Gaia
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  • ISBN-10: 1440848505
  • ISBN-13: 9781440848506
  • DDC: 200.82
  • 1000 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released February 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Overview

Across the span of human history, women have participated in world-building and life-sustaining cultural creativity, making enormous contributions to religion and spirituality. In the contemporary period, women have achieved greater equality, with more educational opportunities, female role models in public life, and opportunities for religious expression than ever before. Contemporaneously with this increased visibility, women are actively and energetically engaging with religion for themselves and for their communities. Drawing on the expertise of a range of scholars, this reference chronicles the religious experiences of women across time and cultures. The book includes sections on major religions as well as on spirituality, African religions, prehistoric religions, and other broad topics. Each section begins with an introduction, followed by reference entries on specialized subjects along with excerpts from primary source documents. The entries provide numerous suggestions for further reading, and the book closes with a detailed bibliography.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Alphabetical List of Entries.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
Timeline: Periodization and Developments in Religion.
African Religions.
1: African Religions-In-Diaspora.
2: Art In Africa.
3: Body Art.
4: Candomblé.
5: Female Genital Mutilation.
6: Life-Cycle Ceremonies.
7: Priestesses and Oracular Women.
8: Rastafari.
9: Yoruba Religion.
Ancient Religions.
10: Athena.
11: Delphic Oracle.
12: Diana.
13: Egyptian Religion.
14: Eleusinian Mysteries.
15: Gaia.
16: Gorgon Medusa.
17: Greek and Roman Women, Daily Lives of.
18: Homosexuality.
19: Hypatia (Ca. 351–Ca. 415 Ce).
20: Inanna.
21: Marriage, Ancient Greek and Roman Religions.
22: Mesopotamian Religion.
23: Ninursaĝa Mother Goddess.
24: Ninlil.
25: Pre-Greek Goddesses In The Greek Pantheon.
26: Priestesses and Their Staff In Ancient Greece.
27: Religious Leadership, Ancient Roman Religions.
28: Sappho (Ca. 630–Ca. 570 BCE).
29: Shamans In East Asia.
30: Sibyls.
31: Sun Goddess.
32: Writers and Poets, Ancient Mesopotamia.
Baha’i.
33: Divine Feminine.
34: Education.
35: Gender Roles.
36: Tahirih.
37: Women In Baha’i Scriptures.
Buddhism.
38: Abortion.
39: Bodhisattvas.
40: Buddhism In The United States.
41: Dance.
42: Dance of Tara.
43: Engaged Buddhism.
44: Female Divinities.
45: Feminine Virtues.
46: Funeral Practices.
47: Gender Roles.
48: Guan Yin.
49: Laywomen In Theravada Buddhism.
50: Mahayana.
51: Nuns, Theravada.
52: Ordination.
53: Pajapati.
54: Prajnaparamita.
55: Sacred Texts On Women.
56: Sōka Gakkai.
57: Tantra.
58: Tara.
59: Tea Ceremony.
60: Therigatha.
61: Women In Early Buddhism.
62: Women’s Buddhist Networks.
63: Zen.
Christianity.
64: Abbesses.
65: Abortion.
66: African American Women.
67: Anglican/Episcopalian Women Religious.
68: Apocrypha.
69: Art, Modern and Contemporary.
70: Charity.
71: Chastity.
72: Christianity In Africa.
73: Christianity In Europe.
74: Christianity In Latin America.
75: Christianity In The United States.
76: Christine De Pizan (Ca. 1364–Ca. 1430).
77: Clothing.
78: Education.
79: “The Fall”.
80: Founders of Christian Denominations.
81: Fundamentalism.
82: Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179).
83: Homosexuality In Early to Early Modern Christianity.
84: Interfaith Dialogue Post 9/11, Christian and Muslim Women.
85: Julian of Norwich (Ca. 1342–Ca. 1416).
86: Marriage, Divorce, and Widowhood.
87: Mary Magdalene (Ca. First Century Ce).
88: Middle Ages.
89: Ministers.
90: Missionaries.
91: Monastic Life.
92: Monasticism, Contemporary Women.
93: Monasticism, Medieval Women.
94: Mormonism.
95: Mother of God.
96: Mystics.
97: Orthodox Christianity.
98: Pilgrimage.
99: Polygamy.
100: Protestant Denominations.
101: Relationship and Social Models In Scripture, Archeology, and History.
102: Roman Catholic Women Religious.
103: Saints.
104: Sex and Gender.
105: Sophia.
106: Stigmatics.
107: Widowhood.
108: Women In Early Christianity (To 300 Ce).
109: Women In The Reformation.
110: Women Writers In Early and Medieval Christianity.
Confucianism.
111: Books for Women.
112: Classical Confucianism.
113: Confucian Revivalism.
114: Cult of Female Chastity.
115: Feminine Virtues.
116: Filial Piety.
117: Motherhood.
118: Women’s Changing Roles.
Daoism.
119: Daoism In China.
120: Goddesses.
121: Healers.
122: Priestesses, Nuns, and Ordination.
123: Wu Wei and The Feminine.
Hinduism.
124: Aditi.
125: Bhakti.
126: Caste.
127: Dance.
128: Devadasis.
129: Devi.
130: Draupadi.
131: Durga and Kali.
132: Festivals.
133: Fundamentalism.
134: Gurus and Saints.
135: Household Shrines.
136: Ideals of Womanhood.
137: Lakshmi.
138: Marriage.
139: Matriliny.
140: Pilgrimage.
141: Prakriti.
142: Radha and Gopi Girls.
143: Renunciation.
144: Sacred Texts On Women.
145: Saraswati.
146: Sati.
147: Shakti.
148: Stage-of-Life Rituals.
149: Tantra.
150: Vedic Hinduism.
151: Yoginis.