Evil, Good and Gender: Facets of the Feminine in Zoroastrian Religious History

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Peter Lang, 2002 - Good and evil - 166 pages
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Societies often link the phenomena of evil and good to the feminine and masculine genders and, by extension, to women and men. Evil, Good, and Gender explores doctrinal and societal developments within a context of malevolence that came to be attributed to the feminine and the female in contrast to benevolence ascribed to the masculine and the male by Zoroastrians or Mazda worshipers. This study authoritatively elucidates implications of the feminine and the masculine in religion and suggests that images in theology have been fundamental for defining both women's and men's social roles and statuses.

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FIVE Punishment of female souls in hell
NINE Sasanian silvergilt ewer with female images 89

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The Author: Jamsheed K. Choksy received his A.B. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and his Ph.D. in History and Religions of the Near East and Inner Asia at Harvard University. He then taught at Stanford University and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Currently he is Professor of Central Eurasian Studies and History, as well as Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University.

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