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Women and Indigenous Religions (10 Edition)by Sylvia Marcos
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From the Dalit midwives in India to the women of the Nahua region in the state of Morelos, Mexico, from the indigenous nations in Turtle Island in Canada to the shamans (male and female) of South Korea and Vietnam, there are still many vital indigenous cultures around the world in which women often hold positions of religious authority and leadership.
Women and Indigenous ReligionS≪/i> addresses specific issues in the study of religion, such as the multifaceted tensions between indigenous traditions and gender and the genealogy of positions of authority in religion or spiritual matters. A close examination reveals that native religions, with their women specialists, are still a source of inspiration for millions of men and women even in the "advanced" areas in the world. This fact challenges the opinion that indigenous cultures are becoming extinct.
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In her enlightening introduction to this collection of essays, editor Marcos describes growing scholarly inquiry and changing ideas concerning indigenous religions--what they are (and how they became identified as "religions"), how they function, their identification as "primitive," and the state of their current power and significance (growing? or diminishing?). Eleven essays bring together scholarly investigations and the voices of indigenous women (women are the primary practitioners), from the Americas, Asia, and Australia, addressing themes of family, environment, politics and authority, spirit, sexuality, and religious practice. More specifically, topics include the First Summit of Indigenous Women of the Americas, cross-dressing in Korea and Vietnam, sacred medicines among the Khasis in the highlands of Northeast India, indigenous women and identity in contemporary Mexico, and Mayan women's quest for a gendered spirituality, among others. Marcos is affiliated with Drew University and with the Center for Psychoethnological Research, Cuernavaca, Mexico; her research interests include gender issues in ancient and contemporary America. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
• Written by experts in world indigenous epistemologies, oral traditions, healing, sexuality, and religion
• Coverage includes local practices in countries as diverse as Australia, Peru, India, Mexico, South Korea, Vietnam, Chile, Canada, and Guatemala
• Presents information from interviews with women who serve as powerful sociopolitical agents, healers, leaders, and religious ritual specialists
This book examines the critical and often undervalued contributions of women to the culture, well-being, and subsistence of their communities as active, powerful, and wise ritual specialists.
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