Women in Ochre Robes: Gendering Hindu Renunciation (Suny Series in Hindu Studies)

Women in Ochre Robes: Gendering Hindu Renunciation (Suny Series in Hindu Studies)

Meena Khandelwal


Meena Khandelwal bargains a fascinating and intimate portrait of remarkable Hindu girls in India who put on ochre gowns, signifying their renunciation of marriage and kin for lives of celibacy, asceticism, and non secular self-discipline. whereas the mostly male Hindu ascetic culture of sannyasa renders its initiates ritually useless to their earlier identities, the ladies portrayed listed here are greatly alive. they fight with, and comic story approximately, the tensions and ironies of residing on this planet whereas attempting to not be of it.
Khandelwal juxtaposes the typical chorus that during renunciation there is not any female and male with arguments that underscore the significance of gender. In exploring those obvious contradictions, she brings jointly worldly and otherworldly values inside of renunciation and argues that those create tensions which are right away emotional, social, and philosophical."

Show sample text content

Download sample