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Hinduism - How Prevalent Is Female Infanticide In Hindu Societies?

 

The habit of parents murdering their children is unusual and widely condemned.

These children are often illegitimate, and infanticide or abandonment is a way to escape the societal consequences of what is considered an unethical conduct.

In Hindu mythology, there are multiple instances of this behavior, the most well-known of which is Kunti.

The sage Durvasas has given Kunti a mantra that grants her the ability to conceive and carry offspring for the gods.

Kunti employs the mantra on the spur of the moment to conjure the Sun, through whom she conceives and carries her son Karna.

She puts the kid in a box and abandons him in the Ganges in her terror at becoming a mother unexpectedly—she was still unmarried and reasonably worried about what others may think.

In some circumstances, newborns are murdered by their parents as a result of the family's desperation.

Almost all of the children slain in these situations are daughters.

The parents would face a murder charge if they were caught.

However, if a kid was not delivered in a hospital, where births are properly documented, infanticide is generally difficult to establish.

Daughters are generally considered as a huge financial burden for impoverished families, since the cost of arranging their weddings is often more than they can afford.

The traditional Indian marriage arrangement, in which a family's sons bring their wives into the family home, perpetuate the joint family, and care for their parents in their old age, reinforces this attitude toward daughters.

Because daughters become members of their husband's family after marriage, they are sometimes seen as "temporary" residents in their parents' houses.


May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons, by Elizabeth Bumiller, was published in 1990.

 


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Hinduism - Who Is Durvasas?

 



A sage who is a partial embodiment of the deity Shiva in Hindu mythology. 

Durvasas is the son of Anasuya, who was granted boons by the gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva for her power in convincing another women to remove a curse. 

Vishnu is born as Dattatreya, Shiva is born as Durvasas, and Brahma is born as Chandra, according to Anasuya's desire. 

Durvasas is known for his magical abilities as a fabled character, which is not unexpected considering his origins. 

He's also renowned for his nasty temper and his proclivity to curse anyone who irritate him. 

One of the maidens who suffers from his fury is Shakuntala, who, engrossed in her newfound love for King Dushyanta, fails to see and pay tribute to Durvasas. 

She is cursed by the fact that her love would forget about her. 

In another instance, Durvasas curses all gods with old age and death. 

An "insult" from Indra's elephant Airavata, who had thrown a garland provided by Durvasas on the ground, causes this. 

These curses, like others in Hindu mythology, cannot be reversed, although their intensity may be decreased by mitigating circumstances. 

Shakuntala is advised that if she gives King Dushyanta some evidence of their connection, he would remember her, which she does. 

By acquiring and ingesting the nectar of immortality, the gods may avert old age and death (amrta). 

Durvasas, like all the sages, may bestow amazing blessings on those who satisfy him. 

Kunti, one of the Mahabharata's heroines, was one of these beneficiaries. 

Durvasas provides Kunti a strong mantra (holy sound) that allows her to conceive a child with any deity by merely thinking about him. 

As soon as Kunti gets this mantra, she puts it to the test by staring at the sun, and the golden infant Karna is born. 

She puts the kid in a box and abandons him in the Ganges in her fear at becoming a mother unexpectedly—she is still unmarried and reasonably worried about what others may think. 

This mantra is the only way she may have children after her marriage to Pandu (son of the sage Vyasa and queen Ambalika), since Pandu has been cursed to die the instant he sleeps with one of his wives. 

She teaches this mantra to her co-wife Madri, who carries Nakula and Sahadeva, after using it to carry Yudhishthira, Arjuna, and Bhima. 

As a result of Durvasas' gift, all of the Pandava brothers—the epic's protagonists—are gods' offspring. 



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