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Almost all religion except Buddhism and Sikhism treat Menstrual circle as an deterrant and bar them to visit temples etc. Any valid reason for this? Please make your comments.

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Asked by Josna, 01 Feb '10 12:15 pm
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The greater social inequalities and restrictions that accompany the rise brought with them an increase in negative attitudes toward women and their bodies and a greater attention to controlling female agency and reproductive powers. This can be seen in many of the great religions of the world and in the cultural traditions of the West. Among the ancient Greeks, for example, Pliny wrote that menstrual blood could "[turn] new wine sour," render crops barren, dull the "gleam of ivory," drive dogs mad, and even cause "very tiny creatures" such as ants to turn away in disgust from a grain of corn that had suffered contact with the offending woman. But what was an afflictiona cursecould also constitute a sacred gift or what the Romans called sacra; enclosed within male boundaries, woman were graced as well as burdened by the cyclical days of blood they had to bear.
The great religions that developed with the rise of civilization tended to further these ideas in religious texts and doctrines ...more
Answered by Lavanya, 01 Feb '10 06:55 pm

 
  
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Left out Christianity ..aren't you. I was given to understand that monastic orders of Hinduism don't prevent this. It is said that women are not allowed to mosques in Sunni. I don't know about Jainism. But Josna, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs don't have temples For gods. I think most of the women who follows these faiths do visit Hindu temples and I think they refrain from such visits during their menstrual cycle. But apart from that in olden days prior to advent and entry of certain comfort giving garments, women had to use non absorbents. Many a women get excruciating stomach pains during the period. At least I am not aware of any scholistic Hindu speaking against this cycle vis a vis visiting a temple.
Answered by Mona Bernard, 01 Feb '10 12:34 pm

 
  
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Truth is just the contrary ! The period of mensus immensely helps in spiritual transformation, as it is a period of cleansing and regeneration of body. Its a boon available to women only. The related taboos can only be part of male domination in ancient societies. Christainity, buddism and sikhism are comparatively new religions !
Answered by Shunmugham, 01 Feb '10 08:06 pm

 
  
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According to scriptures, a woman's body undergoes a reformation during the phase of menstruation. The body chakras too are affected. The menstrual blood is considered impure and affects the purity of the temple. Also, due to personal hygienic factor, women are advised not to visit temples during the phase. As far as I know, and as my little enquiry goes - she is considered to be impure during these days. With so much of science and technology around, we fail to accept this. But, there are some other reasons which I feel may be worth a consideration. It gives a welcome break to a girl. Thinking of a daughter in law, who works all day in a joint family, people, may have come up with this "keeping away" thing. We know, we feel so exhausted during those days, and this was primarily to keep her away, and give some rest to her. This is my logical explanation.
Answered by sumati gayki, 01 Feb '10 12:32 pm

 
  
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Why feel so sorry that not allowed to visit temples during menstrual cycle ....just go to a shopping mall ..or a disco....and enjoy ? or got o a Paani puri ..bhel puri joint ......anyone prevented you from that ??

You gorls will never grow up .....whenever you get time ...you want to rush to a temple ....arre baba there is lots of life ..outside temples.....why worry about waht stiffles you ....why dont you move to fresher air and breathe it and feel happy ....

Woman of the last generation had no choice ....according to their mothe-in-laws...they just had to visit temples ...and temples....and temples.....does the present generationhave any such compulsions ?....

Just go to a beach....a movie...a shopping mall.....a book store ....a park .....even a zoo .. a planetarium ....and look at the wonderful creation of god ...and wonder about it ...and feel joyful....

GOD IS EVERYWHERE .....YOU NEED TO FEEL HIM .....

CANT YOU EVER BRAK FREE ???
Answered by SUNDARAM, 01 Feb '10 09:20 pm

 
  
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Thats because the menstrual cycle is supoosed to be a period where the cleansing takes place ,the lady is supposed to be unclean and hence the place of worship being clean prohibits women and more over the women undergo many changes and pain and is it not better to just stay home and take rest or indulge in regular work
this isthe interval a woman gets every month
and pls. she can eat plenty of briyani to give her strenght during this period
Answered by Briyani, 01 Feb '10 07:01 pm

 
  
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One reason can be to give rest in period when you are low on energy.
Answered by Krishna Indian, 01 Feb '10 12:24 pm

 
  
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Cant concentrate in prayer. cant walk around the temple, cant do felldown and namaskar. All are uneasy to do .so not allowed in temple
Answered by ala, 01 Feb '10 12:21 pm

 
  
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This is a question that is related to religion.Every religion has it's own culture.every one should respect every religion.
Answered by sachin acharya, 01 Feb '10 12:18 pm

 
  
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