Penn Humanities Forum Presents: Wendy Doniger

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 5:00pm

Kislak Center, 6th fl, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 3420 Walnut Street

The Penn Humanties Forum Presents

Sex and Jewelry in Cross-Cultural Mythology

Wendy Doniger

Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions
University of Chicago Divinity School


Why are sex and jewelry, particularly circular jewelry, particularly finger rings, so often connected? Why do rings keep getting into stories about marriage and adultery, love and betrayal? Wendy Doniger, author of more than 40 books on the history of myth and religion, explains the recurrence of rings as sexual symbols from ancient Indian mythology to contemporary cinema.

For the full PHF announcement, click here. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies.