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Author Denton, Lynn Teskey, 1949-1995

Title Female ascetics in Hinduism / Lynn Teskey Denton ; [edited by Steven Collins]
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2004
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 218 pages)
Series SUNY series inn Hindu studies
SUNY series in Hindu studies
Contents The religious life of woman-as-householder -- The woman who is not a householder: widowhood, unmarriageability, and female asceticism -- Unity and diversity I: basic terminology -- Unity and diversity II: sectarian affiliation, spiritual path and ascetic mode -- Socioreligious aspects of female asceticism in Varanasi -- Sainthood, society and transcendence: legends and the poetry of women saints
Summary "Female Ascetics in Hinduism provides an 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 Varanasi (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 book will be indispensable to those interested in female asceticism in the Hindu tradition and women's spiritual lives around the world."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-207) and index
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Subject Hindu women -- Religious life -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh)
Asceticism -- Hinduism
Ascetics -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh)
Hindu monastic and religious life -- India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh)
RELIGION -- Hinduism -- General.
Asceticism -- Hinduism.
Hindu monastic and religious life.
Hindu women -- Religious life.
India -- Vārānasi (Uttar Pradesh)
Form Electronic book
Author Collins, Steven, 1951-2018
ISBN 1423739566 (electronic bk.)
9781423739562 (electronic bk.)
9780791461792 (alk. paper)
0791461793 (alk. paper)
9780791461808 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0791461807 (pbk. ; alk. paper)