Does attributing motherhood to divinity do anything to undermine patriarchy? The answer, at least from where I sit, is no.
Kristin C. Bloomer
Kristin C. Bloomer is an associate professor of religion at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. She is the author of Possessed by the Virgin: Hinduism, Roman Catholicism, and Marian Possession in South India (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). She currently lives in Tamil Nadu, South India, where she is researching lineage deities with support from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Carleton College.