By James Elisha Taneti (auth.)
Beginning within the 19th century, local ladies preachers served and led nascent Protestant church buildings in a lot of Southern India, evolving their very own project theology and practices. This quantity examines the effect of Telugu socio-political dynamics, resembling caste, gender, and empire, at the theology and practices of the Telugu Biblewomen.
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Since I examine the impact of the colonial environment on the mission ideology of Telugu women, it is appropriate to end the period of study at 1947, as it was the year when the British colonial era in the subcontinent ended. 25 With the native men taking over the “national” church, the office of Biblewoman began to eclipse after 1947. The following chapter analyzes how indigenous and imported resources shaped the evolution of the profession among the Telugus. Setting the context for the emergence of the office, I narrate the contributions of native women to its evolution, especially from the late 1850s until 1880.
Gender roles dramatically altered because of emerging economic and employment patterns. 61 In summary, postcolonial scholars share at least six assumptions to varying degrees. First, they agree that the colonial context influenced the way the groups involved—colonizers, nineteenth-century feminists, missionaries, and the colonized—thought and behaved. Perpetuators, accomplices, and victims alike were trapped in the colonial reality. 63 In other words, they reveal the racial prejudices of Western women.
49 These portraits seem to show the unease of some male mission executives with the idea of women preachers. The practice of some assertive women living in conjugal relationships with European colonizers in order to secure financial security was not completely rare. 51 The colonial masters condoned it even while publicly condemning it. These relationships did not find favor with respect to the sexual mores of either the missionaries or the natives. Even if such unions did not usually result in marriage, some women earned estates or at least children.
Caste, Gender, and Christianity in Colonial India: Telugu Women in Mission by James Elisha Taneti (auth.)