Re-transcribing Hindu religion; locating gender in the literature of the Upanishads and the Vedas.
This is a call for papers for a collection that will construe Hindu religious texts as literature, and examine them within a gendered analytical framework. What prevents us from examining the Upanishadic or the Vedic texts within a literary or a gendered perspective? If the basis of religion is "revealed knowledge," which was made evident to men – then is it not obvious that these notions of the Absolute Being would but be defined within gender inflected terminologies?
Let me explain with an example from an Upanishad. In the Aitareya Upanishad, the first stanza reads in the following manner: