While most gods and goddesses in Hindu culture are depicted in good ways, Kali is seen as darkness, death, and time which makes many people wonder why she would be worshipped. However, even as bad as Kali can be portrayed, she is widely worshipped throughout India Background The goddess Kali is a powerful deity in the area of West Bengal but is also actively seen throughout India. Kali can be worshipped and seen in various temples and shrines located in most villages in India. “Scholars have pointed out that the nucleus of the mother goddess is found in female figurines discovered within the finds of Mohenjo Daro and Harappa, some supposed to be images of the Earth goddess and some the protoform of the later goddess—Mother Kali”(Chatterji, 53). The most famous temples of Kali are located in Kolkata.
“The flightiness of her temper” (AL, p1401) is recognizable by Hester, her mother; just like her desperate, wild, defiant mood is evident in her disposition. Meade Page 2 From beginning to end in the story she consumes the hidden emotions of her mother and amplifies them for all to see. Pearl is the heart of literary symbolism. At times she is a vehicle for Hawthorne to assert the inconsistent and luminous qualities of her mother’s improper bond, and at others a reminder of Hester’s sin; which makes Pearl the perfect supplement of the scarlet letter. Although she serves as an invaluable treasure
Yet she was exploited and ill - treated an; condemned as an evil influence. True, a woman is a combination of the good and bad. She can be an adorable mother, sister, daughter and wife or at the same time a harlot and a cunning crook. In western society she was mainly an object of sexuality, a sex - pot. She was called the evil by the priests.
These women I speak of above are great women in a good sort of way but there are also some very bad women that still have some amazing qualities. For instance Clytemnestra who has great vengeance and deceit. Another Homeric woman that breaks the mold is Helen. She is so independent and headstrong it’s almost scary. These qualities I’m applying to all these women are not their only but they are the most memorable.
Mythology in GithaHariharan’s The Thousand Faces of Night Githa Hariharan’s debut novel, The Thousand Faces of Night articulates the problems of women with the help of Indian Mythology. She links the plight of her women characters with the Indian myths as Mahabaratha, Sanskrit stories etc. ; to the Gods, Goddesses, legendary heroines in the epics of India. These stories were instrumental in supporting the insidious patriarchal concepts. The lives of the three women in TheThousand Faces of Night—Devi, Sita and Mayamma exposes the different dimensions of women’s oppression.
She certainly was held in high regard by women. Indeed her and her handmaidens are the special patron of all women but in particular of those women who held positions where they were acquiring their own wealth. She also served to represent the other side of things for the followers of some forms of religious daoism. In basing the
The powers that Goddesses have are magnificent, disabling the intimacy with human lovers. For example, the divine beauty of a Goddess can blind a human lover; the sexuality of a female deity is far more dangerous in ways that male gods are not. Although Goddesses’ sexuality to human is dangerous, her main goal is to create peace whereas the male deities have more concerns of upholding authority, and using the strength that he possesses to command. This paper will further describe the elements and functions of the myths of the God and Goddesses as well as compare the male and female divines from the different cultures. Elements and function of Goddesses.
Therefore, many worshipers see Kali as the “eternal light” who only destroys ignorance, sin, and decay. Kali also has very unique, symbolic characteristics. Some prime examples of these characteristics are her nudity, girdle of severed human hands, white teeth, and three eyes. Her nudity is directly related to her closeness with nature and primeval tendencies whereas her severed human hand girdle signifies work and liberation from the cycle of karma. In addition, her bright white teeth are supposed to highlight her inner purity just as her three eyes indicate the three modes of time: the past, present and future.
I believe this is not only true for the women’s stories in this book, but true for all women. It is very hard for to pick one particular story within this book that touched me the most, they were all powerful and had such interesting details. However in chapter two “Prohibition and Prostitution” they speak about how people get away with enslaving and trafficking village girls. The idea is to crush modern slavery, but for political reasons this does not always happen. It is known that crackdowns do exist and with the right help, training and rehabilitations these girls and women can feel they have purpose and worth.
Jainism is a religion of religious equality, devoted to recognizing the rights of all living creatures. So, not surprisingly it accepts that women are able to play their part on the road to liberation. But although Jainism is in many ways dedicated to equality, for some Jains a woman's very femaleness creates spiritual inequality. Some Jaina religious discourse’s show prejudices against women, who are viewed as temptresses and symbols of attachment, fickleness, and, above all, treacherousness. Acts of deception (māyā ) are considered a woman's main characteristic, to the extent that deceitfulness comes to be adduced as an explanation for sex-differentiation: "As a result of manifesting deception a man in this world becomes a woman.