The age of history in which the Vedas were composed in the Indian subcontinent is known as the Vedic Age. The Vedas were composed by the Aryans. There are four Vedas—the Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda, and Arthaveda. The period when the Aryans first settled in India during 1500–1000 BC is known as the Early Vedic Period. Position of Women in Early Vedic Age is discussed below
Position of Women in Early Vedic Age
Women were given equal status to that of men in society. They were permitted to participate in all the religious rites. Gaining of education had not been restricted to them. There were women scholars who composed hymns and were well versed in the sacred scriptures. Girls could seek husbands of their own choice.
Monogamy was in custom, but polygamy was also practiced by many. Child marriage, the Sati system, and Purdah did not exist among the Aryans, The women attended all social functions and gatherings. The general tendency of people was to have male births rather than females.
They used to perform prayers seeking the birth of the male child. But, in the case of females, people had a repulsive attitude they did not like to have a female baby.
The Vedic Period
The age of history in which the Vedas were composed in the Indian subcontinent is known as the Vedic Age. The Vedas were composed by the Aryans. There are four Vedas—the Rigveda, Samaveda, Yajurveda, and Arthaveda. Read more
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The Mughal Empire
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The Medieval India – South india and Cholas
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