Showing posts with label Shudra. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shudra. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is The Treatment Of Women In Dharma Literature?

 



Women from all socioeconomic categories were deemed shudras in the dharma literature, which meant they couldn't have another child, couldn't hear the Vedas, couldn't execute certain religious ceremonies, and in many regions couldn't possess land or resources unless they were married to a shudra.

At the same time, as daughters, mothers, wives, and patrons, women played (and continue to play) a vital role in Hindu religious life.

Women had their own specific role to play in traditional dharma literature, depending on their position as women.

Also see stridharma.


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Hinduism - Who Are The Vellala Of Tamil Nadu?

 



The landlord community throughout much of traditional Tamil Nadu.

Although technically the Vellalas were of shudra status, their control over the land gave them considerable influence and prestige in the region.

The Vellala community was the source for many of the Alvars, a group of twelve poet-saints whose stress on passionate devotion (bhakti) to the god Vishnu transformed and revitalized Hindu religious life.

Most of the Alvars’ influence undoubtedly stemmed from the strength of their religious devotion, but this was undoubtedly reinforced by Vellala status as a land holding community.


~Kiran Atma


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