Priestess, Mother, Sacred Sister: Religions Dominated by Women

Susan Starr Sered

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This book provides an examination of the critical impact of the social rather than the biological aspects of motherhood on women's religions. Women's social roles as nurturers, healers, primary child care providers, and emotional supporters are celebrated in women's religions more so than in traditional religions. This book explores the shared experiences of women across great cultural divides and offers a new understanding of the role gender plays in determining how individuals grapple with the ultimate questions of existence.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages340
ISBN (Electronic)9780199853267
ISBN (Print)0195104676, 9780195104677
StatePublished - 3 Oct 2011

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 1994 by Susan Starr Sered. All rights reserved.


  • Child care
  • Culture
  • Existence
  • Gender
  • Motherhood
  • Social roles
  • Traditional religions
  • Women's religions


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