Female Gurus and Ascetics
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Hindu female gurus and ascetics have a visible presence in India and, in some cases, internationally, in the present day. Women’s inhabiting of these traditionally male-defined categories of revered religious adept has been increasing in the public register over the past one hundred years (King, 1984; Ramaswamy, 1997; Pechilis, 2004a; Khandelwal, 2004). Early scholarly histories of female gurus and ascetics (Pechilis, 2004a, 11–31; 2012, 114–1…

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Karen Pechilis, “Female Gurus and Ascetics”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 20 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_9000000239>
First published online: 2012



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