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Women in Hinduism, contemporary women in Hinduism
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Hinduism is by far one of the oldest surviving religions on Earth, its roots laid down in an era of Mesopotamians and Egyptians. It is the major religion in certain South Asian countries. Hinduism’s main features are idol worship, specific castes for specific social purposes, belief in karma and spiritualism.
However, Hinduism is an old religion and like everything that has survived through the ages, Hinduism suffers from rots of unacceptable orthodox practices. One of them, amongst superstition and elaborate ceremonies, is blatant inconsideration of women in the Hindu society. Hinduism seems to have little respect for women compared to men1. Women suffer from many orthodox malpractices. Hinduism opposes the role of women and does not recognize their role in society. So deep is this inconsideration that people misinterpret the scriptures those govern Hinduism and Hindus. Even so, the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures “Vedas” according to many prominent “pundits” negates women’s importance and role in society2. Hindu religion is plagued with practices that undermine the respect that a woman reserves the rights to receive not just from her near and dear ones, but the society as well. Many of these practices still exist in the Indian Hindu society today. In as much Hindu women were despised in the traditional society, they are slowly participating in economic, political and social process in the modern society. In ancient times, Hindus were conservative people who observed many malpractices that degraded the image and role of women in the society. ...
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