Sita Devi, an Early Vaishnava Guru

Rebecca J. Manring

in The Graceful Guru

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195145380
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849963 | DOI:
Sita Devi, an Early Vaishnava Guru

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In an attempt to ground this volume solidly in India's past, this chapter discusses Sita Devi, one sanctioned, premodern South Asian female guru, to demonstrate that the current seeming profusion of female gurus in the West is not merely the product of contemporary feminist indignation, nor entirely culturally anomalous, but a phenomenon backed by centuries of history. This chapter clearly indicates Sita Devi's affiliation with an important lineage in a widely recognized tradition, legitimizing her status as a religious leader despite gender issues.

Keywords: Sita Devi; female guru; lineage; tradition; gender

Chapter.  7157 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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