CE Workshop | Unpacking Tantra: Gender in Hindu Śākta Tantra, Part 2

February 26, 2021

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This robust three-part workshop series explores the meaning and relevance of the term Tantra, the types of authority and authenticity debates that shape the global-digital world of Śākta Tantra, and the relevance of additional terms such as Goddesses, Initiate, and Adept. Part 2 analyzes the status of women and the third gender in the world of Hindu Śākta Tantra.

About the Presenter

Sravana Borkataky-Varma is a historian, educator, and social entrepreneur. As a historian, she studies Indian religions focusing on esoteric rituals and gender, particularly in Hinduism (Śākta Tantra). As an educator, she is currently working as a Lecturer at Harvard University and at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where she teaches introductory courses on World Religions and higher-level courses on Hinduism, Buddhism, Religion and Film, and History of Yoga. In the past, she has taught at the University of Houston, University of Montana, Rice University, and DaLian Neusoft University, China. In a previous non-academic avatar, Sravana worked in customer service, finance, and IT. As a social entrepreneur, she is the co-founder of a non-profit, Lumen Tree Portal. Sravana invests in building communities with individuals from various faith-backgrounds who believe in kindness, compassion, and fulfillment. Sravana has a PhD. in Religions from Rice University.

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