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dc.contributor.authorSarkar, Suparna-
dc.description.abstractIn 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.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of North Bengalen_US
dc.subjectworship of Shasthi in Bengalen_US
dc.subjectSocial construction of motherhooden_US
dc.subjectnarratives on Shasthien_US
dc.subjectIconography of Shasthien_US
dc.titleSocial Construction of Motherhood through the Iconography of Devi Shasthi: The Goddess of Fertilityen_US
dc.title.alternativeSocial Trends, A Peer-reviewed National Journal, Vol. 8, 31-March-2021, pp 230 - 245en_US
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