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The Graceful Guru: Hindu Female Gurus in India and the United States

Karen Pechilis


A distinctive aspect of Hindu devotion is the veneration of a human guru, who is not only an exemplar and a teacher, but is often worshipped as an embodiment of the divine. In the past these gurus have almost always been men. Today, however, female gurus are a noticeable presence, especially in the United States. This book containing nine chapter looks at the phenomenon of the female guru both in its original Indian context, where Hindu women leaders have been unusual but not unknown, and as it has evolved on the American scene. Each chapter is devoted to a particular female guru, ranging from ... More

Keywords: Hindu devotion, veneration, guru, exemplar, teacher, worship, divine, women leaders, Karaikkal Ammaiyar, Gurumayi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145380
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145380.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Pechilis, author
Drew University, NJ