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Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women

Susan Starr Sered


This book provides an examination of the critical impact of the social rather than the biological aspects of motherhood on women's religions. Women's social roles as nurturers, healers, primary child care providers, and emotional supporters are celebrated in women's religions more so than in traditional religions. This book explores the shared experiences of women across great cultural divides and offers a new understanding of the role gender plays in determining how individuals grapple with the ultimate questions of existence.

Keywords: motherhood, women's religions, traditional religions, social roles, child care, culture, gender, existence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195104677
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Starr Sered, author
Bar-Ilan University