The Thinking 


On Hindu Patriarchy

May 19, 2012


PRIYA writes: 

As a Hindu expatriate who had been exposed to only the modern U.S., it’s a pleasure to read your views on traditionalism. What has prompted me to correspond was the discussion in the entry, “When Will Women Rule Everything?” — especially the views expressed regarding Hindu culture and the role of women.

Jane S. writes, “For thousands of years, Hindus had a custom known as “sati,” where a woman who outlived her husband was expected to burn herself alive on his funeral pyre.”

Sati was completely voluntary. If it was forced upon Hindu women for thousands of years, as Jane claims, Hindus would have been finished as a civilization long ago. Read More »