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MYTHOLOGY CLASSROOM: Mariamman: Rituals and Narratives with Dr. Vishakha Venkat

Updated: Feb 1, 2021

Come join the Mythology Classroom on Sunday, 1/17/21 at 3:30 AM Pacific for a stimulating lecture on "Mariamman: Rituals and Narratives" with esteemed Indian scholar and speaker, Vishakha Venkat. Our Mythology Classroom friends are from India, and we are very excited they will be offering their fresh perspective to through their eclectic set of mythological courses. Registrants from the U.S. will also be granted access to the recorded versions of the lectures if you wish to learn at a more convenient time.

The talk will explore the narratives and rituals of Goddess Mariamman from Tamil Nadu. We will be looking at how she has become a folk variant of Goddess Kali and the lecture will also discuss the etymology, the symbolism associated with her, and rituals, which are on one hand aggressive, but on the other, are conducted to pacify her. The talk will specifically see the destructive and creative side of Shakti.

Dr. Vishaka Venkat holds UGC NET JRF in English and an M.A. in English from the Government Victoria College, Palakkad. She has completed her Ph.D. from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy. Her thesis is on "Theorising the Language of Humour in Indian Political Cartoons". She has also specifically researched the concept of hāsya and the Indian traditions of humor. Her primary research interests include humor, Indian aesthetics and mythology. At Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, she teaches courses in English, Language and Literature.

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