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Title: Social Construction of Motherhood through the Iconography of Devi Shasthi: The Goddess of Fertility
Other Titles: Social Trends, A Peer-reviewed National Journal, Vol. 8, 31-March-2021, pp 230 - 245
Authors: Sarkar, Suparna
Keywords: Motherhood
worship of Shasthi in Bengal
Social construction of motherhood
narratives on Shasthi
Iconography of Shasthi
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2021
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: In Bengal, Shasthi-Broto (worship of Goddess Shasthi) is popularly practised by married women for long life and well-being of children. The Broto rites involve the ritual narrative (Broto-Katha) associated with the Broto, which defines motherhood by a set of normative social roles that are assigned to a woman. Motherhood is an idealized status given to a woman from time immemorial. A woman becomes a mother not only by the biological act of delivering a child but also by conforming to the expected role assigned by the society. Mothering may be viewed medically as giving birth to a new born baby nurtured in the womb but sociologically it refers to an expression of a culture which embodies a value system that society assigns to a woman. Thus, the concept of motherhood is a social construction. In this paper, I will explore this social construction of motherhood by analyzing the iconography and narratives of Devi Shasthi the goddess of fertility among the Hindus.
ISSN: 2348-6538
Appears in Collections:Vol. 08 (March 2021)

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