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IN Desi ON 09 Aug, 2016
Ancient India was known for its rich cultural heritage and diversity. We always talk about India's ancient architecture and artifacts. However, nobody mentions about the lifestyle of the bygone people, their mentality and the way they used to think.
No doubt India has modernized, diversified and expanded in terms of inventions, but when it comes to the mindset we've become too shallow and narrow. I hope you agree with me here.
You'll be shocked to know that the primitive India was way too very broad than the modern India. To support this, I've compiled a few facts that'll prove this statement.
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According to Manusmriti, there was no restriction on women to work and earn money. They enjoyed equal status as men. They were not answerable to anyone on how they spend money. They lived the life the way they wanted to. It's sad to know that today's scenario is completely changed.
According to Mahabharata, women enjoyed high status in the society. They were never forced to have sex. If she did not want to get intimate, nobody could force her. Unlike today when women are sexually harassed and abused.
Unlike today when girls are forced to marry the guy of parent's choice, the ancient women had full control over their life. They were given full freedom to choose their life partner. She could also opt to remain a spinster.
People were so broad that they used to talk freely about sex. In ancient India, sex was never considered taboo. Today, people find sex to be offensive.
Today, it's believed that virginity is the best gift that women can give to her spouse. But this was not the case before. There was no issue created if women's hymen was impaired. Even if there was no hymen, her virginity was never questioned.
Ancient women were allowed to read sacred texts. They used to lead the religious assemblies. In the Rig Veda society, women enjoyed the free and esteemed position.
The role of ancient women in the field of literature was immense. There were many learned ladies during that time. There were a few women who did not marry and studied Vedas. According to Jain texts, women were allowed to remain a spinster and study religion and philosophy.
Ancient women were considered better administrators. They enjoyed prominent positions in politics. Some of the examples are Pravabati, Rudramdevi, Rani Chennamma and many more.
During the kingdom of Chandragupta Maurya, women were allowed to remarry. Sati was not practiced. Women had full right to live life after her husband's death.
The sexual acts of love which were displayed on the walls of temples were never questioned. People had open views and thoughts about that. Some of the great pieces of work can be seen by us today on the walls of Khajuraho and Markandeswar temples.
According to Manusmriti, daughters and sons were given equal right to look after their parents in old age. They were given equal rights and opportunities.
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