(Still of the actress Sharmila Tagore in the 1960 movie Devi directed by Satyajit Ray.)
Explore the world of the Hindu Goddess (VLPA, DIV, optional W)
Some of the questions we will explore:
What are the many manifestations of the Goddess?
What are her major festivals and how is she celebrated and worshiped?
How does she function as a role model for Hindu women?
How does she pervade high-brow literary as well as popular culture?
and much more...
Keep a Goddess Journal, co-lead one class discussion,
and work on a final presentation to be written up as a paper (W) or short essay.
Involves a class visit to a special exhibit in the Seattle Asian Art Museum
and the chance for the best short essay to be featured on their website.