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The Bhakti Movement and The Status of Women
The Bhakti Movement and The Status of Women

The Bhakti Movement and The Status of Women

by Leela Mullatti

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Language

English

Publisher

Abhinav Publications

ISBN

8170172500 - Year: 1989 - Pages: 158

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Paperback

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Author: Leela Mullatti
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
Year: 1989
Language: English
Pages: 158
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170172500

Description

The indigenous protest movement called Bhakti Movement, comprising Bhakti cults of many hues and colours, had an impact on the status of women in India. Many of them tried to do away with the manifold taboos, Pollutions and rituals with which, Hindu religion was cluttered. While some accepted the equality of men and women, others reinforced the inequalities in practice.

The present case study of Virasaivism, a populous sect in Karnataka, deals with ther impact of this movement on the status of women. After a careful research on a hundred families with first and second-generation women, the author finds that precepts and practices meet here in a unique way. Child-training practices, the institution of marriage, the family and kinship system and the economic and socio-religious life of Virasaiva women enable them to enjoy a comparatively high status.

Contents

PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION

Image of woman in virasaivism

Child training among virasaivas

The virasaiva woman and marriage

Woman and family (family life of virasaiva woman)

Economic life of the virasaiva woman

Socio-religious life of the virasaiva woman

Conclusion

BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDIX TECHNICAL CONCEPTS OF VIRASAIVISM

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