By Susan Starr Sered
Faith is frequently denounced as one of many instruments utilized by patriarchal societies to take care of the established order, and particularly to cajole girls to just accept subordinate roles. this doesn't clarify, even if, the lifestyles of many non secular teams during which ladies are either leaders and the vast majority of individuals. How are those women's religions diverse from these ruled through males? What do we research from them concerning the targeted ways that ladies adventure their targeted truth? during this interesting and pathbreaking work--the first comparative learn of women's religions--Susan Starr Sered seeks solutions to thse compelling questions. searching for universal threads linking teams as various because the ancestral cults of the Black Caribs of Belize, Korean shamanism, Christian technology, and the Feminist Spirituality stream, Sered unearths that motherhood and motherly matters play an essential function in those female-dominated teams. Nurturing and difficulty for others are on the heart, as are therapeutic arts and methods of facing sickness and the demise of youngsters. faith not just allows girls to discover sacred which means of their day-by-day lives, from the guidance of nutrition to taking good care of their households, yet a proposal extreme and private relationships with deities and spirits--often via ecstatic ownership trance--as good as possibilities to have a good time and mourn with different girls. through interpreting the shared studies of girls throughout nice cultural divides, Priestess, mom, Sacred Sister bargains a brand new figuring out of the function gender performs in deciding on how participants grapple with the final word questions of life. within the approach, it not just highlights the profound transformations among women and men, however the both very important ways that we're all alike.
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Sande has served as a power base for women both vis-a-vis their own menfolks who can be punished by Sande for infringement of Sande rules, and vis-a-vis outside authorities. For example, Sande women have organized to protest unfair taxes on a number of occasions (see Chapter 13). Afro-Brazilian Religions The rich and eclectic twentieth century Afro-Brazilian cults are the most renowned and best-documented examples of religions dominated by women. Known as Candomble (in Bahia), Umbanda (in large metropolitan areas), Batuque (in Belem), Xango (in Recife), and Macumba (in the southern parts of Rio dejaneiro and Sao Paulo), the cults appeal primarily to women.
I will present the Sande secret society of Sierra Leone as an example of this cultural pattern. Another characteristic of traditional African religion is its embeddedness in kinship organization and family relations. As we will see, this has rather different implications for men and women. Knowing that the indigenous religions of Africa often offered opportunities for religious expression and leadership both to men and to women, it becomes interesting to follow the effects of various kinds of changes on this more-orless egalitarian situation.
In the half century after the Fox sisters heard their rappings, hundreds of thousands of individuals, mostly women, gathered in private homes and in public lecture halls, and witnessed the ability of some human beings to communicate with the spirit world. Since most people who attended Spiritualist rituals did not belong to any kind of organization, it is not possible to know how many Spiritualists there were during the mid-nineteenth century. Estimates ranged from I to 11 million (Moore 1977, 14).
Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women by Susan Starr Sered