HDS 3760

Hindu Goddesses and the Virgin Mary

Francis X. Clooney, SJ


This course explores gender and divinity by reading hymns praising Hindu goddesses Laksmi, Maha Devi, Apirami, Kali while asking how feminine divinity is constructed in an environment where gods and goddesses flourish. The course simultaneously explores the cult of the Virgin Mary, theologically, historically, through key texts. This approach is sharpened by attention to performative, social, visual dimensions, and through contemporary feminist and theological insights. Not a survey, but an in-depth introduction.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1060


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Fall 2014
Tue Thu 10am-11:30am
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Comparative Studies
  • Hindu Studies
  • South Asian Religious Traditions
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Comparative
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None