Has religion had a generally negative impact on Hindu and Buddhist women? Has religion had a generally negative impact on Hindu and Buddhist women?
The previous post is correct. I cannot agree with these thoughts anymore. I think that there are some jumps made in the logic of the question that have to be assessed. The first would be the most elemental. I am not sure that either religion casts women in a negative light or has directly brought impacts upon women that have increased their lot to bear. As with other questions that collapse both religions into one, there is some risk of being inaccurate. Buddhism is not particularly demeaning to women in its philosophy or its religious tenets. It should be noted that one of the most revered individuals in the Buddhist faith is Sujata, a woman who offered Gautama Buddha food after he decided that his ascetic austerities were not going to result in enlightenment. It is already understood that female deities in the Hindu pantheon occupy a large and powerful role. The Goddesses are always seen as more than simply ornaments for the Gods. Whether it is the Goddess Parvati or Lakshmi, Saraswati or Kali, or the Supreme Goddess Durga, there is an undeniable role and force that the Goddess possesses, as she represents "Shakthi" or strength. I am not sure that such depictions in either religion would result in a generally negative impact on women. Indeed, there are individuals, probably men, who over time have twisted the roles of women in order to consolidate their own power. However, just as we would never condemn a religion in the West for what humans have done to twist the faith, we should not do the same for their older and more established counterparts of the East.
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