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New Roles for Indigenous Women in an Indian Eco-Religious Movement

Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Charles University, Prague 128 00, Czech Republic
Religions 2019, 10(10), 554; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10100554
Received: 12 August 2019 / Revised: 19 September 2019 / Accepted: 22 September 2019 / Published: 26 September 2019
This article aims to study how a movement aimed at the assertion of indigenous religiosity in India has resulted in the empowerment of the women who participate in it. As part of the movement, devotees of the indigenous Earth Goddess, who are mostly indigenous women, experience possession trances in sacred natural sites which they have started visiting regularly. The movement aims to assert indigenous religiosity in India and to emphasize how it is different from Hinduism—as a result the ecological articulations of indigenous religiosity have intensified. The movement has a strong political character and it explicitly demands that indigenous Indian religiosity should be officially recognized by the inclusion of a new category for it in the Indian census. By way of their participation in this movement, indigenous Indian women are becoming figures of religious authority, overturning cultural taboos pertaining to their societal and religious roles, and are also becoming empowered to initiate ecological conservation and restoration efforts. View Full-Text
Keywords: India; sacred natural sites; indigenous; women; new religious movements; mobilizations India; sacred natural sites; indigenous; women; new religious movements; mobilizations
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Borde, R. New Roles for Indigenous Women in an Indian Eco-Religious Movement. Religions 2019, 10, 554.

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