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HISTORY 393E: Female Divinities in China (FEMGEN 293E, HISTORY 293E, RELIGST 257X, RELIGST 357X)

This course examines the fundamental role of powerful goddesses in Chinese religion. It covers the entire range of imperial history and down to the present. It will look at, among other questions, what roles goddesses played in the spirit world, how this is related to the roles of human women, and why a civilization that excluded women from the public sphere granted them a dominant place, in the religious sphere. It is based entirely on readings in English.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Lewis, M. (PI)
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