Author: Leela Mullatti
Publisher: Abhinav Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170172500
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.
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
APPENDIX TECHNICAL CONCEPTS OF VIRASAIVISM