The Lord Who Is Half Woman : Ardhanarisvara in Indian and Feminist Perspective
The designation "Lord Who Is Half Woman" refers to the androgynous Hindu god Ardhanarisvara (also known as Siva-Sakti). While iconographical aspects of this significant image have been addressed, the complex theological, philosophical, and social implications inherent in a dual gendered deity have not. This book provides the first extensive study of the influence of Ardhanarisvara, exploring four distinct areas of Indian culture, namely iconography, hathayoga, devotional poetry (bhakti), and mythology. Ellen Goldberg also offers a feminist analysis of the ways in which "male" and "female" have been constructed in this image and the various representations pertaining to the broader gender implications of an androgynous deity.
- Hardback | 193 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 340.19g
- 01 Jun 2002
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0