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dc.contributor.supervisor Rodrigues, Hillary Hembroff, Nicole University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science 2012-02-03T19:44:24Z 2012-02-03T19:44:24Z 2010
dc.description viii, 102 leaves , 3 leaves of plates : ill. ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Although menstruation is a biological process that occurs for women of a sexually mature age, many cultures associate it with symbols that shape and affect women's lives within these societies. This thesis examines orthodox Hindu beliefs about the origin and meaning of menstruation, which is fundamentally viewed negatively (i.e., adharmically). Drawing upon sources from the earliest to more recent Dharmasastra literature, the thesis demonstrates that orthodox Hindu menstrual taboos derive from menstruation's adharmic associations, which in turn affect attitudes towards women. The Dharmasastras also attempt to realign women with dharma by prescribing appropriate roles for them and act in tandem with the Hindu goddess tradition. Orthodox interpretations of Hindu goddesses configure these deities to serve as dharmic models "for" and " o f women, thereby transmitting dharma to women in ways that are perhaps more meaningful, accessible, and effective than the sastric literature alone. iv en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Religious Studies, c2010 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Menstruation -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism en_US
dc.subject Menstruation -- Social aspects en_US
dc.subject Menstral cycle -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism en_US
dc.subject Hindu women -- Health and hygiene en_US
dc.subject Hindu women -- Social conditions en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Orthodox Hindu attitudes to menstruation / Nicole Hembroff en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Religious Studies en_US Masters

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