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Author Chatterjee, Sraboni ♦ Chatterjee, Pranab
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Content type Text
Publisher University of Tartu, Estonian National Museum, Estonian Literary Museum
File Format HTM / HTML
Date Created 2018-01-22
Copyright Year ©2015
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) GN301-674 ♦ GR1-950
Subject Keyword Anthropology ♦ Motherhood in Bengal ♦ Folklore ♦ Bengali goddesses ♦ Geography ♦ Recreation ♦ Social and cultural anthropology ♦ Ethnology ♦ Bengali folk heroines
Abstract Four contexts are identified in Bengali folklore where the word mā (meaning ‘mother’) is used. The first involves a situation of basic and biologically prompted kinship. The second and the third describe situations within the extended family and the community, where the use of the same word contributes to ambiguity reduction and creation of sexual boundaries. The fourth uses the word for honoring goddesses who offer protection from evil outsiders, famines, poverty, ignorance, and from snakes and diseases. The fourth context includes referring to the landmass of Bengal (before 1947) as a mā. It is then suggested that the use of the word mā is multifunctional in Bengali culture. Further, the attribution of motherhood empowers human women somewhat in a highly patriarchal society, and the storylines developed give appearances of logic in popular form.
ISSN 17366518
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-06-01
e-ISSN 17366518
Journal Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics
Volume Number 9
Issue Number 1
Page Count 11
Starting Page 143
Ending Page 153


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