Women 's Role Of Hinduism Essay
The Hindu scripture was said to have portrayed women “as servant and goddess, strumpet and saint, the protected daughter and powerful matriarch, the shunned widow and the worshipped wife,” (Narayanan 2012, 320). The portrayal of women in the Hindu culture that are established within the Hindu tradition, religion and beliefs are expressed as being contradictory at times and because of this, depiction of women in the Hindu texts varies. The positive representation of a woman is often time related to auspiciousness. Auspiciousness is related to the affluence of wealth and progeny because birth and marriage rituals are associated with the three human goals: dharma, artha (prosperity) and kama (sensual pleasure).While the positive aspects of auspiciousness emphasized her good quality by branding her as a goddess of fortune, negative views outweigh this proclamation:
By a girl, by a young woman or even by an aged one, nothing must be done independently, even in her own house. In her childhood a female must be subject to her father, in youth to her husband, when her lord is dead, to her sons; a woman must never be independent (Manu 5.47-8).
The Laws of Manu depicted the status of women as being unequal to their male counterparts. Throughout her lifetime a woman has to be bound to a man, starting from birth to her old age. Without any independence for herself she is forced to obey her husband and other male relatives. Most Hindu communities take it a step…