The Role Of Women In Hinduism
Hindu people also follow the tenets of Dharma, Karma, and Moksha. Dharma is the ultimate goal in Hinduism and is the “right way of living”. It also proposes that there is a way of living life according to your own path of truth and that these paths vary between all of us. On the other hand, Karma proposes that anything a person does, whether good or bad, will eventually return to them in this or a future life. This concept is closely related to that of reincarnation, doctrine in which one is reborn in cycles as different creatures depending on the actions you committed in your previous life (BBC, 2014).
The Hindu calendar is lunar and many festivals are celebrated throughout the year. Some of them are Janmashtami (celebrates the …show more content…
This system which has been in place for thousands of years, de facto discriminates against those who are placed in the lower castes. There is no way for an individual to escape the fate that their cate determines for them. This arbitrary method of sorting human beings institutionalized discrimination at a state level which legitimizes the practice. The Hindu way of living which advocates for tolerance, openness, and love seems to contradict itself by perpetuating the use of the caste system among its followers.
The second aspect we will focus on is the role of women within Hinduism. While women are depicted in the Hindu pantheon in the figure of Lakshmi, the status of women is subjugated to the status of their male counterparts. The treatment of women is justified in the sacred texts which are the pillar of Hinduism. For example, in chapter 9 of the Manusmriti it is said that “Women have no business with the text of the Veda” (Caste Quotes, n.d.).
Additionally, in the Bhagavad Gita, Chapter IX, it is mentioned …show more content…
In practice, however, abortion is practiced in Hindu culture in India, because the religious ban on abortion is sometimes overruled by the cultural preference for sons. This can lead to abortion to prevent the birth of girl babies, which is called 'female foeticide'.
Women are expected to produce offspring as a ‘public duty’ but are only expected to give birth to them if they are sons due to the preference for male offspring. The article also raises the issue of ‘female foeticide’ in which female fetus’ are aborted to give couple’s the opportunity to try again for a male child. This reinforces the tenet that women are seen as belonging to the bottom of the pyramid and are treated as “unwanted creatures” (Robinson, 2007).
Finally, we will look at the way in which Hindus view Christianity. According to Aghamkar