Religion Department Events

May 4

Dani Rader '21 gives Religion comps talk

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
12:55 – 1:25 pm / Zoom
Dani Rader Religion Comps Poster

Title of talk - Dangerous Devotees: Women and the Battle for Sabarimala

In her paper, Dani examines the disputed entry of girls and women between the ages of 10-50 to Lord Ayyappan’s Sabarimala shrine in Kerala, India and highlights female devotees’ strategies of ritualization at the height of social unrest following the 2018 Supreme Court decision to overturn the controversial ban. She argues that these womens’ displays of activism, both in favor of and against the ban, proliferate multiple models of womanhood, nation, and devotion to Ayyappan which ultimately work to renegotiate the gendered sacred geography around Sabarimala.

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Sponsored by Religion. Contact: Kristen Askeland