Women in Ochre Robes: Gendering Hindu Renunciation
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Women in Ochre Robes: Gendering Hindu Renunciation

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Focuses on the lives of female Hindu ascetics and the significance of gender to the tradition of renunciation. Meena Khandelwal offers an engaging and intimate portrait of extraordinary Hindu women in India who "wear ochre robes, " those who have renounced family and wordly concerns for lives of celibate asceticism and spiritual discipline. Their initiation into the largel...more
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by State University of New York Press (first published 2003)
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Phil
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Women in Ochre Robes is an engaging and intimate ethnographic portrait of contemporary sannyasinis in India; women who have renounced the orthodox values of family life and domestic obligations in order to pursue the path of spiritual liberation. This is all the more remarkable when one considers that, as Khandelwal points out, the Sannyasa tradition was created for and by men, and so Sannyasinis not only may face opposition from family & friends in pursuing renunciate status, but also may f...more
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There were some interesting concepts throughout the book relating to women and spirituality.
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