Goddess – The Devi Cult and Traditional Female Roles in India

Woman: Wife, Mother, Lover, Warrior.
Budapest, Hopp Ferenc Ázsiai Művészeti Múzeum, 11 May 2018 - 30 December 2018
The purpose of the exhibition is to display the different forms of the hindu Goddess through the various roles she fulfills, and to examine how these idealised female roles materialize in earthly society. The exhibited objects and artworks vary from classical Indian sculptures to contemporary graphic novels.
On the Indian subcontinent, the different regional cults of the Goddess, or Devi, as she is known in India, are rooted deep in the past. From the age of the Indus Valley Civilisation until the arrival of the globalised world of the twenty-first century, the people of India have long worshipped Devi, and continue to do so. The Goddess – like Hinduism itself – has many faces, and every different face and embodiment of Devi is accompanied by a wealth of different traditions. She is the youthful Beauty, who enchants mortals and gods alike. She is the faithful Wife, seated tenderly in her husband’s lap. She is the Mother, the birth-giver and creator of all humankind. But she is also the belligerent Warrior Goddess, who destroys evil and saves the world from catastrophe.

Is it not true that a woman plays the same roles as a goddess? If so, then why are women and goddesses viewed so differently in people’s eyes?
2018.06.21
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