1 Section for the Study of Religion, Faculty of Theology, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Centers at the university level, Aarhus University3 Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Centers at the university level, Aarhus University
Men, Women and Snakes in Hopi TheologyMænd, kvinder og slanger i hopi-teologi
This contribution explores the relationships between men, women and snakes in Hopi Indian theology. Through an analysis of Snake Clan mythology and ritual, the contribution demonstrates the dynamics of the domestication of the male through initiation and marriage whereby young men gain knowledge about the world, esoteric knowledge about the cosmos and social place in terms of wealth and status. Furthermore, the analysis describes an extraordinary motif which emphasizes female liminality and danger during the birthing process, marriage ritual and female lifecycle.
Schlangenritual: Der Transfer Der Wissensformen Vom Tsu'ti'kive Der Hopi Bis Zu Aby Warburgs Kreuzlinger Vortrag, 2007, p. 103-118
religion; religionsvidenskab; ritual; hopi-indianerne; køn; videnskonstruktion; study of religion; Hopi Indians; gender; knowledge construction