The Status of Hindu Women from Antiquity to (Early) Modernity: A Downward Graph
Sadia Afrin

Sadia Afrin*, Department of World Religions and Culture, University of Dhaka.
Manuscript received on March 08, 2021. | Revised Manuscript received on March 13, 2021. | Manuscript published on March 30, 2021. | PP: 16-21 | Volume-5 Issue-7, March 2021. | Retrieval Number: 100.1/ijmh.G1255035721 | DOI: 10.35940/ijmh.G1255.035721
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Abstract: The main purpose of this research paper is to acquire an understanding of the continuously changing status of Hindu women from antiquity (Prevedic era, c1500-1100BCE) to modernity (Early Modern Era, 18th Century). In my paper I will try to establish my point that the Hindu religion, which is seen today to subdue women the most, once esteemed them highly and with the passing centuries gradually their status degraded. Therefore the fluctuating status of Hindu women resembles a downward graph. The methodology will be historical method of qualitative research. As Primary source I will take resort to Hindu Core Scriptures (both Sruti & Smriti) and for secondary source will receive help from historical records, books, journals, reports and websites.
Keywords: Brahmavadinis, Sadyodvahas, Sati, Smriti, Sruti, Upadhayanis, Upadhayayas.