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Some Thoughts about the India Goddess and Women
发布时间:2015-04-17 浏览次数:

 

In the afternoon of March 12th, under the organization of teacher Xu Hong and the guidance of the voluntary instructor, we visited the two exhibitions in Hubei provincial museum. As the exhibition was displayed only a period of time, we felt very lucky to see these fascinating exhibits. After the volunteer’s explanation, I had a deeper understanding of the India Goddess and the status of Indian women.

 

First I’d like to talk about some of the greatest Goddess in Indian people's hearts: Sarasvati(辩才天女) (the LORD God Brahma(梵天)'s wife, Goddess of wisdom), Lakshmi(吉祥天女)(Vishnu(毗湿奴)'s wife, Brahmanism(婆罗门教) - Hindu Goddess of wealth, happiness) and Pārbati(雪山神女) (the LORD God Shiva(湿婆)'s wife). Among them the most relevant Goddess to the Indian society I think are Lakshmi and Pārbati.

 

There are two common types of Lakshmi: quiet type and angry type. The quiet type is beautiful while the angry type is vicious. I think, Lakshmi reveals the real images of women to a certain extent, quiet like a warm spring breeze. But when angry, she also shows a horrible image. Perhaps the statement that a woman has two sides is mirrored in Lakshmi. Thus I cannot help but think that now the Indian women have been at the bottom of society and are oppressed seriously more than we can image,  but if one day, the women of India were no longer willing to be obedient slaves, became powerful, and dared to challenge the male authority, would they vent their anger on the men bravely?

 

Pārbati, according to some Puranas(往世书) the first wife of Shiva, plunged into the fire because her father was against the combination of them and was reborn as a Goddess. Here we have to mention -- suttee is the origin of a woman’s tragedy in India, and the phenomenon that people worship the women who made a great sacrifice for love can be understood. But people are people, and God is God. God is not the same as people, which makes it a cruel torture for people to do what the God does. There is a painting on exhibition about this story. In the painting, people see the suttee(寡妇殉夫) without painful expression, but all clap. Child marriage makes female more tragic in India,making a lot of little girls who have not yet married the men become widows.

 

After I searched more information on the internet, I learned more about the terrifying situation of Indian women: domestic violence after marriage, high rate of rape...... Many mothers choose to abort baby girls and child marriages make girls widows. All these phenomena remind me of the backward society in old India. While in developed countries, the status of women is often very high. If India wants to develop, it must improve the status of women to a large degree.

 

At the end of the visit, I had a strong feeling about what the instructor said, “What is left after the death of a person is precious memory; what is left after the past of the history are precious relics in the museum. Words really can record the history but relics let you apperceive the history. The museum is definitely not a tourist attraction, but should be a place from which everyone may take a lifetime to learn”. 

 

(Editor: Wang Sa Source: English Net)

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