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Contestation and Compliance: Retrieving Women's 'Agency' from Puranic Traditions

Jaya Tyagi


This book looks into the representations of women in early textual traditions in order to trace the complex manner in which Puranic conceptualizations relating to women and their participation in religious activities have emerged. While retrieving representations of women in Puranic traditions and the context in which they exist, it becomes evident that women are discussed mainly in relation to religious praxis and moral propriety through the proper conduct of rituals and rites. This work attempts to ‘re-read’ the Matsyamahāpurāṇa and, through the study of vratas and myths, reconstruct the anx ... More

Keywords: rituals, Puranic texts, patriarchal traditions, religious praxis, contestation, compliance, agency, negotiation, vrata, myth, Matsyamahāpurāṇa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199451821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199451821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaya Tyagi, author
Professor, Department of History, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi