Ferociously female Kali in Kerala: from tribal to deity to pan-Hindu goddess. Reviewing a religious process of assimilation and co-optation in a feminine context.

01 October 2012 → 30 September 2018
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Theology and religious studies
Kali Hinduism folklore Kerala India feminine history goddess worship
Project description

This project will provide a contextualized study of goddess worship in the South Indian state Kerala. We will reconstruct the centuries-long evolution that purged a tribal deity from her folklore characteristics and show how goddesses at the margins have succeeded in gaining a place at the central Hindu pantheon. Simultaneously our results will be embedded in Kerala's unique feminine history.