Decoding India #2 Are you a Hindu bashing Feminist?

If (you support gender equality) == TRUE:
 Bible – all writers are Males
 Bible is a patriarchal document
 Bible reinforces women's subordinate status
 God made the woman from the rib of the man
 The Holy Trinity is an ALL Male group.
 Bible has no goddesses.
 No festival to celebrate woman / womanhood.

 Writers of Vedas include Women.
 Philosophers of Upanishadas include Women.
 Women presided over philosophical debates.
 Shiva & Shakti have equal importance.
 Vedas praise many a goddesses.
 Goddess of creation is Jagadamba.
 Goddess of valour is Durga.
 Goddess of knowledge is Sarasvati.
 Goddess of fortune is Lakshmi.
 Shakta Puranas are dedicated to the goddesses.
 Navaratri, Diwali etc. celebrate goddess in her various forms.

Pause to ponder:
 Ponder (Christianity has little or no place for the female.)
 Ponder (God is spelled with capital G, but not so for goddess.)
 Ponder (In most Western countries Women got right to vote after they fought for it.)
 Ponder (Why modern 'Feminism' was born in the West?)
 Ponder (Why the women in West had to fight for basic rigts?)
 Ponder (The powers bestowed on goddesses in Hinduism.)
 Ponder (The position enjoyed by women in the Hindu Spiritual world.)
 Ponder (In India, women had the right to vote from day one.)
 Ponder (If you thrash Hinduism in favor of western concept of 'Feminism', you are very likely to be a hypocrite.)


All Ancient Near Eastern societies were patriarchal, and the Bible is a patriarchal document, written by men from a patriarchal age. Many scholars see the primary emphasis of the Bible as reinforcing women’s subordinate status. However, there are also scholars who claim there is a kind of gender blindness in the Bible as well as patriarchy. Marital laws in the Bible favored men, as did inheritance laws. There were strict laws of sexual behavior with adultery a crime punishable by stoning. A woman in ancient biblical times was always under the authority of a man and was subject to strict purity laws, both ritual and moral. However, women such as Deborah, the Shunnemite woman, and the prophetess Huldah, rise above societal limitations in their stories. The Bible contains many noted narratives of women as both victors and victims, women who change the course of events, and women who are powerless and unable to affect their own destinies.
From Women_in_the_Bible


Hindu texts present diverse and conflicting views on the position of women, ranging from feminine leadership as the highest goddess, to limiting her role to an obedient daughter, housewife and mother. The Devi Sukta hymn of Rigveda, a scripture of Hinduism, declares the feminine energy as the essence of the universe, the one who creates all matter and consciousness, the eternal and infinite, the metaphysical and empirical reality (Brahman), the soul (supreme self) of everything. The woman is celebrated as the most powerful and the empowering force in some Hindu Upanishads, Sastras and Puranas, particularly the Devi Upanishad, Devi Mahatmya and Devi-Bhagavata Purana.
From Women in Hinduism


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