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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-3

Women in the Rig Vedic age


1 Division of Yoga and Humanities, S VYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Division of Humanities, S VYASA Yoga University, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2347-5633.157985

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The role of women in orienting life and family were elucidated in Rig Vedic age. They enjoyed independence and self-reliance. Besides their domestic role, they had every access to education with tremendous potential to realize the highest truths. Many of them were seers who had an intellectual and spiritual depth. Women played an important role in maintaining the economic status of the family with the occupation of spinning, weaving, and needlework. Widow's remarriage was permitted in Rig Vedic society as evidenced in the funeral hymn in the Rig Veda. Caste system in the society did not seem to be strict. During this time inter-caste marriages took place in society. Women learned several disciplines that included vocal and instrumental music and dance. Women were also allowed to learn martial pursuits. Respect and value of the women in the Vedic society not merely as household mistress but also as individuals with great potential to contribute to human society were revealed.


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