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This book is a great feminist, anthropological study into female based or female dominated religions I learned some hitherto unknown details about the Sande initiation, Spiritualism, and Shakers I was intrigued by the respectful treatment of religions that others have discredited as made up such as the Fox sisters exposure as apparent frauds in the establishment of Spiritualism It was a pleasure to see the academic approach here as no apparent judgment was cast on these evolved, newer This book is a great feminist, anthropological study into female based or female dominated religions I learned some hitherto unknown details about the Sande initiation, Spiritualism, and Shakers I was intrigued by the respectful treatment of religions that others have discredited as made up such as the Fox sisters exposure as apparent frauds in the establishment of Spiritualism It was a pleasure to see the academic approach here as no apparent judgment was cast on these evolved, newer religions #READ BOOK ⚨ Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women ò Religion is often denounced as one of the tools used by patriarchal societies to maintain the status quo, and especially to persuade women to accept subordinate roles This does not explain, however, the existence of many religious groups in which women are both leaders and the majority of participants How are these women s religions different from those dominated by men What can we learn from them about the special ways in which women experience their unique reality In this fascinating and pathbreaking work the first comparative study of women s religions Susan Starr Sered seeks answers to these compelling questions Looking for common threads linking groups as diverse as the ancestral cults of the Black Caribs of Belize, Korean shamanism, Christian Science, and the Feminist Spirituality movement, Sered finds that motherhood and motherly concerns play a vital role in these female dominated groups Nurturing and concern for others are at the center, as are healing arts and ways of dealing with illness and the death of children Religion not only enables women to find sacred meaning in their daily lives, from the preparation of food to caring for their families, but an offer intense and personal relationships with deities and spirits often through ecstatic possession trance as well as opportunities to celebrate and mourn with other women By examining the shared experiences of women across great cultural divides, Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister offers a new understanding of the role gender plays in determining how individuals grapple with the ultimate questions of existence In the process, it not only highlights the profound differences between men and women, but the equally important ways in which we are all alike So far this has been a great book It is an interesting look at several matrifocal societies and the women dominated religions. 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This is a wonderful read I have enjoyed every word of it It is both eye opening and empowering In her book Sered analyzed a dozen of well documented religions dominated by women, meaning with women leadership and dominant women participants Based on previous anthropologists and ethnographers research, Sered successfully analyzed, compared and revealed many characteristics of women s relgions, e.g the intimate relation of child death and women s spirituality, the complex hierarchy yet lack This is a wonderful read I have enjoyed every word of it It is both eye opening and empowering In her book Sered analyzed a dozen of well documented religions dominated by women, meaning with women leadership and dominant women participants Based on previous anthropologists and ethnographers research, Sered successfully analyzed, compared and revealed many characteristics of women s relgions, e.g the intimate relation of child death and women s spirituality, the complex hierarchy yet lack of central power within the religion, the embrace of diversity and the conscious avoidance of sacred texts At the same time, Sered also pointed out a few weaknesses in existing anthropological research methods E.g., the assumption that complicated theology and philosophy are only articulated through language especially written language In fact, in her research, she found out that many women s religions are using elaborate sign languages, ritual dances and food rituals to express sophisticated metaphysical beliefs and theologies.However, I find that many of the characteristics of women s religions in her book could not be separated from characteristics of anti cultures and or many eastern indigenous religions Though Sered emphasize that those characteristics are not unique and that women s relgions simply possessof these traits, I feel that the commonality of women s religions as anti cultures and the different social construction of genders especially East vs West creditattention and further research This book is dry and slow going at first, but then becomes deeply interesting, particularly as Sered examines the central role of motherhood in women s religions the social relational experience having a defining and central role rather than the biological experience as outside theorists might originally assume.