STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE VEDAS AND VEDIC SOCIETY

Filed in Articles by on March 18, 2014

It is difficult to present a comprehensive  view on Hinduism upon a given subject or issue. Hinduism is not a religion, but a league of religions presenting different – often contradictory- views, set of beliefs and norms. It has a great number of books recognized as scriptures, which individually  or  collectively  –  as  the  case  may  be,  claim  the  authority  over  the  lives  of  its adherents.  Moreover,  there  is a long  history  of traditions,  conventions,  habits  and  customs, coming down from over 4000 years that also have to be taken into consideration before taking a definite view of the things so important. This does not make the task so easy, as one may like to think, and acceptable to one and all. One can only be selective and be conscious of its limitation. Secondly, Hinduism is a social structure. Almost all inhabitants of India, irrespective of their religious/racial  affiliations,  are  deeply  structured  by  the  social  structures  and  norms  of  the Hinduism. Caste is the most explicit example of the penetration of Hindu social structures into the social systems of other religious communities, including Christianity; so also the position of women.

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STATUS OF WOMEN IN THE VEDAS AND VEDIC SOCIETY

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