Within Hinduism and Buddhism, there are numerous stories of deities and spiritual beings changing gender and appearing in diverse body forms. From the half-male half-female deity Ardhanarishvara, to the bodhisattva Guanyin appearing as different genders across various cultures, there are plenty of examples!
What can we learn from these beings who change genders at will, or exist outside the gender binary? Can reflecting on these narratives aid our understanding of gender in the modern world?
Come along and hear two fantastic speakers from Glasgow and New York explore some of the fascinating stories of gender fluidity from their traditions.
There is of course disagreement within traditions about how these stories are interpreted and our speakers will be sharing their personal views. This event is intended to offer a space where people who believe and practice differently can share their thoughts respectfully, with the aim of learning from each other. There will be time for discussion in facilitated breakout rooms. We look forward to welcoming you.
All welcome! Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/faith-to-faith-gods-bodhisattvas-and-gender-fluidity-tickets-265850605317
Faith to Faith is a series of dialogue events run in partnership with St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. Each event features at least two speakers who come from different faith or belief perspectives and who bring with them particular knowledge or personal experience of the topic.
[Photo credit: Glasgow Museum. Event image is comprised of three pieces from the St Mungo Museum collection: Guanyin, Shiva, and Avalokitesvara.]