The symbol of evil, spirituality and women’s identity

Maskalan, Ana and Adamović, Mirjana (2013) The symbol of evil, spirituality and women’s identity. In: Spirituality of Balkan women: breaking boundaries: the voices of women of ex-Yugoslavia. University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre, Annales University Press, Ljubljana, pp. 187-207. ISBN 978-961-6862-61-5

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The serpent has appeared in the mythologies of various cultures as an independent deity or its companion ; it has also always been closely associated with human activity. In this article the authors discuss the rich, diverse and contradictory nature of serpent symbolism and its possible connection to the social determinants of women’s identity. This connection was analysed, using (pre)patriarchal mythologies, at a theological level through the Biblical story of Genesis and the cult of the Virgin Mary, and through an analysis of the epic tradition of the Balkans (in poems, beliefs and rituals) and also through selected literary works.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Language: English.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evil, serpent symbol, women's identity, patriarchal mythologies, Balkan
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Karolina Vranješ
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 14:35
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 12:34

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