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Priestess Mother Sacred Sister Religions Dominated by Women

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Religion is often denounced as one of the tools used by patriarchal societies to maintain the status uo and especially to persuade women to accept subordinate roles This does not explain however the existence of many religious groups in which women are both leaders and the majority of participants How are these women's religions different from those dominated by men What can we learn from them about the special ways in which women experience their uniue reality In this fascinating and pathbreaking work the first comparative study of women's religions Susan Starr Sere. This is a book about female dominated religions around the world concentrating on the reasons why women are drawn to these belief systems It is a book by an anthropologist who teaches at a college in Israel and as such is full of both scientific and psychological theories that may make the typical reader feel a little overwhelmed However the entire book may be summed up and understood just by reading the conclusion at the end which kind of makes the reader wonder why they bothered with the body of the thing at all The entire book is written like a large and somewhat complicated research paper which is actually not surprising when one takes into account what the writer does for a living The book also comes to a conclusion that is somewhat problematic in that it asserts that the main reason why women join and enjoy female dominated religions is because they meet their needs as mothers We find this conclusion somewhat insufficient in that it makes clear the fact that the author is writing from a biased point of view of being a mother herself First of all we would bring to the attention of any reader the fact that the writer herself admits that she accomplished most of her research by reading the results of others’ research She did not actually go out and experience the religions that she talks about for herself with the exception of the Kurdish women in her own country with whom she is familiar Therefore she is not drawing from her own observations but is at the mercy of second hand information The fact that she did not take part in the various religions that she sets up as examples may or may not make a difference but it seems to us that no one can speak definitively about a culture much less a belief system that they have not seen at first hand Secondly we find her conclusions that the reasons women join female dominated religions to be that of motherhood dealing with the death of children and coping with the resultant suffering somewhat uestionable While many women have the experiences that the author is describing especially in the areas of the world where they live at least half of the examples that she puts forth are in poor areas of the world where medical aid is all but unknown and two are set during a time in history when women were universally considered inferior to men in Western cultures it is for certain that not all women who are involved in female dominated religions have had these experiences There are a large number of women in this day and age especially in modernized countries that are participants in female dominated religions who through conscious decision or sexual preference have not and have never wanted to have children And yet they are drawn to these religions by factors such as common beliefs and goals that they share with other devotees many of which have absolutely nothing to do with giving birth to or raising children We believe this is a serious blow to the author’s premise The book does present an interesting study in that it tells a little of what the various religions believe and something about their numerous rituals as long as the reader is willing to plow through the highly specialized terminology that is indicative of a college professor who has spent too much time in her classrooms and with her colleagues forgetting how to talk to people from the real world This book is not one we would recommend for the casual reader It is however an interesting read for any serious student of religious studies

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D seeks answers to these compelling uestions Looking for common threads linking groups as diverse as the ancestral cults of the Black Caribs of Belize Korean shamanism Christian Science and the Feminist Spirituality movement Sered finds that motherhood and motherly concerns play a vital role in these female dominated groups Nurturing and concern for others are at the center as are healing arts and ways of dealing with illness and the death of children Religion not only enables women to find sacred meaning in their daily lives from the preparation of food to caring fo. This is a wonderful read I have enjoyed every word of it It is both eye opening and empowering In her book Sered analyzed a dozen of well documented religions dominated by women meaning with women leadership and dominant women participants Based on previous anthropologists and ethnographers' research Sered successfully analyzed compared and revealed many characteristics of women's relgions eg the intimate relation of child death and women's spirituality the complex hierarchy yet lack of central power within the religion the embrace of diversity and the conscious avoidance of sacred texts At the same time Sered also pointed out a few weaknesses in existing anthropological research methods Eg the assumption that complicated theology and philosophy are only articulated through language especially written language In fact in her research she found out that many women's religions are using elaborate sign languages ritual dances and food rituals to express sophisticated metaphysical beliefs and theologiesHowever I find that many of the characteristics of women's religions in her book could not be separated from characteristics of anti cultures andor many eastern indigenous religions Though Sered emphasize that those characteristics are not uniue and that women's relgions simply possess of these traits I feel that the commonality of women's religions as anti cultures and the different social construction of genders especially East vs West credit attention and further research Tales Of Bygone New England role in these female dominated groups Nurturing and concern for others are at the center as are healing arts and ways of dealing with illness and the death of children Religion not only enables women to find sacred meaning in their daily lives from the preparation of food to caring fo. This is a wonderful Capacities, Capacity Constraints and Capacity Reserves of Airports, Today and in the Future read I have enjoyed every word of it It is both eye opening and empowering In her book Sered analyzed a dozen of well documented Simon and the Messy World religions dominated by women meaning with women leadership and dominant women participants Based on previous anthropologists and ethnographers' Tattered Wings research Sered successfully analyzed compared and The Cambridge Ancient History, Vol 14 revealed many characteristics of women's Trailer Park Stories relgions eg the intimate Parasite relation of child death and women's spirituality the complex hierarchy yet lack of central power within the Fifteen Weekends (The Weekends Series, religion the embrace of diversity and the conscious avoidance of sacred texts At the same time Sered also pointed out a few weaknesses in existing anthropological Tears from Iron research methods Eg the assumption that complicated theology and philosophy are only articulated through language especially written language In fact in her Heimat research she found out that many women's Crooked Cucumber religions are using elaborate sign languages Waiting in the Wings ritual dances and food A Life On Film rituals to express sophisticated metaphysical beliefs and theologiesHowever I find that many of the characteristics of women's To Vegas and Back religions in her book could not be separated from characteristics of anti cultures andor many eastern indigenous How to Read Foucaults Discipline and Punish religions Though Sered emphasize that those characteristics are not uniue and that women's Catch a Falling Star relgions simply possess of these traits I feel that the commonality of women's நெடுங்குருதி [Nedum Kuruthi] religions as anti cultures and the different social construction of genders especially East vs West credit attention and further Lets Put on a Show! (Full House: Sisters, research

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R their families but an offer intense and personal relationships with deities and spirits often through ecstatic possession trance as well as opportunities to celebrate and mourn with other women By examining the shared experiences of women across great cultural divides Priestess Mother Sacred Sister offers a new understanding of the role gender plays in determining how individuals grapple with the ultimate uestions of existence In the process it not only highlights the profound differences between men and women but the eually important ways in which we are all alike. This book is dry and slow going at first but then becomes deeply interesting particularly as Sered examines the central role of motherhood in women's religions the socialrelational experience having a defining and central role rather than the biological experience as outside theorists might originally assume Messy Jessy relationships with deities and spirits often through ecstatic possession trance as well as opportunities to celebrate and mourn with other women By examining the shared experiences of women across great cultural divides Priestess Mother Sacred Sister offers a new understanding of the The International Dictionary of Event Management role gender plays in determining how individuals grapple with the ultimate uestions of existence In the process it not only highlights the profound differences between men and women but the eually important ways in which we are all alike. This book is dry and slow going at first but then becomes deeply interesting particularly as Sered examines the central Domicile 1 role of motherhood in women's Individual Motivation Within Groups religions the socialrelational experience having a defining and central Why I Am A Jew role Cursed by Darkness (Befallen Tides, rather than the biological experience as outside theorists might originally assume


6 thoughts on “Priestess Mother Sacred Sister Religions Dominated by Women

  1. says:

    This is a book about female dominated religions around the world concentrating on the reasons why women are drawn to these belief systems It is a book by an anthropologist who teaches at a college in Israel and as such is full of both scientific and psychological theories that may make the typical reader feel a little overwhelmed However the entire book may be summed up and understood just by reading the conclusion at the end which kind of makes the reader wonder why they bothered with the body of the thing at all The entire book is written like a large and somewhat complicated research paper which is actually not surprising when one takes into account what the writer does for a living The book also comes to a conclusion that is somewhat problematic in that it asserts that the main reason why women join and enjoy female dominated religions is because they meet their needs as mothers We find this conclusion somewhat insufficient in that it makes clear the fact that the author is writing from a biased point of view of being a mother herself First of all we would bring to the attention of any reader the fact that the writer herself admits that she accomplished most of her research by reading the results of others’ research She did not actually go out and experience the religions that she talks about for herself with the exception of the Kurdish women in her own country with whom she is familiar Therefore she is not drawing from her own observations but is at the mercy of second hand information The fact that she did not take part in the various religions that she sets up as examples may or may not make a difference but it seems to us that no one can speak definitively about a culture much less a belief system that they have not seen at first hand Secondly we find her conclusions that the reasons women join female dominated religions to be that of motherhood dealing with the death of children and coping with the resultant suffering somewhat uestionable While many women have the experiences that the author is describing especially in the areas of the world where they live at least half of the examples that she puts forth are in poor areas of the world where medical aid is all but unknown and two are set during a time in history when women were universally considered inferior to men in Western cultures it is for certain that not all women who are involved in female dominated religions have had these experiences There are a large number of women in this day and age especially in modernized countries that are participants in female dominated religions who through conscious decision or sexual preference have not and have never wanted to have children And yet they are drawn to these religions by factors such as common beliefs and goals that they share with other devotees many of which have absolutely nothing to do with giving birth to or raising children We believe this is a serious blow to the author’s premise The book does present an interesting study in that it tells a little of what the various religions believe and something about their numerous rituals as long as the reader is willing to plow through the highly specialized terminology that is indicative of a college professor who has spent too much time in her classrooms and with her colleagues forgetting how to talk to people from the real world This book is not one we would recommend for the casual reader It is however an interesting read for any serious student of religious studies


  2. says:

    This is a wonderful read I have enjoyed every word of it It is both eye opening and empowering In her book Sered analyzed a dozen of well documented religions dominated by women meaning with women leadership and dominant women participants Based on previous anthropologists and ethnographers' research Sered successfully analyzed compared and revealed many characteristics of women's relgions eg the intimate relation of child death and women's spirituality the complex hierarchy yet lack of central power within the religion the embrace of diversity and the conscious avoidance of sacred texts At the same time Sered also pointed out a few weaknesses in existing anthropological research methods Eg the assumption that complicated theology and philosophy are only articulated through language especially written language In fact in her research she found out that many women's religions are using elaborate sign languages ritual dances and food rituals to express sophisticated metaphysical beliefs and theologiesHowever I find that many of the characteristics of women's religions in her book could not be separated from characteristics of anti cultures andor many eastern indigenous religions Though Sered emphasize that those characteristics are not uniue and that women's relgions simply possess of these traits I feel that the commonality of women's religions as anti cultures and the different social construction of genders especially East vs West credit attention and further research


  3. says:

    This book is dry and slow going at first but then becomes deeply interesting particularly as Sered examines the central role of motherhood in women's religions the socialrelational experience having a defining and central role rather than the biological experience as outside theorists might originally assume


  4. says:

    So far this has been a great book It is an interesting look at several matrifocal societies and the women dominated religions


  5. says:

    This book is a great feminist anthropological study into female based or female dominated religions I learned some hitherto unknown details about the Sande initiation Spiritualism and Shakers I was intrigued by the respectful treatment of religions that others have discredited as made up such as the Fox sisters' exposure as apparent frauds in the establishment of Spiritualism It was a pleasure to see the academic approach here as no apparent judgment was cast on these evolved newer religions


  6. says:

    Didnt finish Used for reference


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