Sacred Women of the African Diaspora: Goddesses, Queens, Priestesses, and Other

School of Consciousness and Transformation PARW 6780 1.00

This class explores contemporary and historic examples of female power as manifested in selected African/diiasporan communities. We review the attributes, and iconography of Ibo and Yoruba goddesses; the institution of sacred queenship among the Ashanti; the complexity and fluidity of gender roles in various African cultures; and the Afrocentric integration of spirituality, sexuality and female power. Using film, novels, oral literature, and womanist prose and scholarly writing from the field of Africana Studies, we will identify African cultural tropes and their transformation and retention in selected areas of the diaspora.

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