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The Goddess as Role Model: Sita and Radha in Scripture and on Screen

Heidi R. M. Pauwels


This book seeks to understand the major mythological role models that mark the moral landscape of young Hindu women. Generally, the goddess Sita, faithful consort of the god Rama, is regarded as the most important positive role model for women. The case of Radha, Krishna's clandestine lover, seems to challenge some of these norms. The book investigates in how far that holds true today. The focus is on the ways the goddesses cope with love. The first part looks at their falling in love, the way their weddings are arranged, and the significance of the wedding ceremonies. The second part looks at ... More

Keywords: role model, goddess, Sita, Radha, Ramanand Sagar, Valmiki Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, bhakti, Tulsidas, Surdas, Nanddas

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369908
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369908.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heidi R. M. Pauwels, author
University of Washington, Seattle
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