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When the World Becomes Female
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During the goddess Gangamma’s festival in the town of Tirupati, lower-caste men take guises of the goddess, and the streets are filled with men wearing saris, braids, and female jewelry. By contrast, women participate by intensifying the rituals they perform for Gangamma throughout the year, such as cooking and offering food. Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger argues that within the festival ultimate reality is imagined as female and women identify with the goddess, whose power they share. Vivid accounts by male and female participants offer new insights into Gangamma’s traditions and the nature of Hindu village goddesses.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part One. Imaginative Worlds of Gangamma
  2. pp. 25-26
  1. 1. An Aesthetics of Excess
  2. pp. 27-53
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  1. 2. Guising, Transformation, Recognition, and Possibility
  2. pp. 54-74
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  1. 3. Narratives of Excess and Access
  2. pp. 75-96
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  1. 4. Female-Narrated Possibilities of Relationship
  2. pp. 97-112
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  1. 5. Gangamma as Ganga River Goddess
  2. pp. 113-136
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  1. Part Two. Those Who Bear the Goddess
  2. pp. 137-138
  1. 6. Wandering Goddess, Village Daughter: Avilala Reddys
  2. pp. 139-156
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  1. 7. Temple and Vesham Mirasi: The Kaikalas of Tirupati
  2. pp. 157-179
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  1. 8. The Goddess Served and Lost: Tatayyagunta Mudaliars
  2. pp. 180-209
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  1. 9. Exchanging Talis with the Goddess: Protection and Freedom to Move
  2. pp. 210-241
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  1. 10. “Crazy for the Goddess”: A Consuming Relationship
  2. pp. 242-264
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  1. Conclusion: Possibilities of a World Become Female
  2. pp. 265-272
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 273-280
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 281-296
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  1. References
  2. pp. 297-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-314
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