Humanities Week: Mama is a Man: Gender and the Goddess Śrī Nārāyaṇī of Śrī Puram

October 14, 2014 - 6:30pm
Dorothy Rubel Room, Helen S. Schaefer Building, 1508 E. Helen St.

Goddesses throughout history have come in many different forms. Some of the world’s oldest and most vibrant goddess traditions exist within the Hindu traditions, but how does goddess-centered devotion and philosophy translate into cultural assumptions about gender? Join us to discuss gender, sex, the divine feminine, and the male incarnation of the goddess Śrī Nārāyaṇī (Amma) at Śrī Puram in Tamil Nadu, India.  Learn why Mama (Amma) can be a man.

Dr. Caleb Simmons