India has a rich culture to showcase the entire world. With a diversity that is explicit, India boasts of a divine culture dating back to the days when the Rig Vedic Age was at its dominant streak. The status of women then and the status of women now in India have a lot in common. However, somewhere between the thin lines of similarity, a gorge of disrespect and distortion exists today. Can the status of the women of the Rig Vedic Age inspire the outburst of feminism today? Read on to find out.
- The Rig Vedic Age was overtly patriarchal in nature, but, it still followed an egalitarian approach to some degree in the societal functions. Given that it was a male-dominated society, the women were respected and they held a position of power when it comes to the family functioning.
- Women were not the suppressed section but were given equal opportunity and role in the society. It can be evidenced by the fact that marriage was considered sacred in the society and the presence of a wife beside a man was essential at the time of the religious ceremony.
- Respect for women can also be shown from the fact that widow remarriage was permitted and levirate too was persistent in the society.
- Women were given their due respect when it comes to their decision-making power. It is said in the Rig Veda that a woman could choose to stay with her father or her brother when she chose not to marry.
- Women were allowed to attend the Sabha and Samiti where important decisions were made, therefore, showing that their voices were heard in the gathering.
- The importance of women can also be gauged from the fact that they have created and written several hymns in the Rig Veda. Some of the female goddesses like Aditi and Usha, who were although less popularly mentioned in Rig Veda, signified the dawn, an important phenomenon.
- Even though the Rig Vedic Age was patriarchal in nature, they gave due respect to their women with regard to their freedom and desire and were not overtly suppressed.
If women were highly praised back then, what led to their downfall? And, even though the society has finally understood the significance of the equality of men and women, why do we get to see atrocities inflicted on women even today? Give it a thought till I return with my next post.
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