- Origins of the Goddess in Ancient IndiaCourse start date: Tue 5 Jul 2022
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetTutors: Vaughan PilikianThe Goddess is a figure of great mystery in premodern India. Mostly absent in the ancient period, she arises seemingly from nowhere to become Sakti, a dangerous and powerful divinity of central importance in medieval Saivism. How might we begin to explain her origins? It seems that there may be evidence for a goddess cult in the material traces of the Indus Valley civilisation that predates the establishment of Vedic society. Might the Goddess be part of a Dravidian tradition of very great antiquity that somehow infiltrated the Indo-European? Or is her absence from our earliest textual sources overstated? Is it not the Goddess who appears as Night in the middle of the Mahabharata when the Kaurava warrior Asvatthaman is about to slaughter his enemies in their sleep? And might the obscure and troubling ritual of the Asvamedha shed some light on the sacred significance of female agency in the maintenance of Vedic sovereignty? This lecture will seek to address some of these challenging but fascinating questions.Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
- Etruscan, Greek and Roman GoddessesCourse start date: Tue 5 Jul 2022
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetTutors: William SterlingAn examination of how the Etruscans, Greeks and Romans viewed and worshipped goddesses - the similarities and differences and how they influenced each other.Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
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