Indian dating customs

The essay will be refined further in future depending upon any new findings and conclusions that may emerge. Hinduism, unlike some other faiths, does not regard sexual desire as evil or impure.

Still it is a puritanical faith, because it puts heavy emphasis upon virtuous living and the importance of purity and austerity.

For example, young widows who were still maidens or whose husbands died without leaving behind heirs were permitted in some places in the past to approach other men in their families or even god-men to bear children.

Hinduism draws a clear distinction between normal sexual desire and lust.

The law books prescribe rules for both men and women to avoid lustful thoughts.

Readers are therefore requested to bear with any interpretations they may find here.

One such complex issue about which there can be divergent opinions and multiple realities in Hinduism is its stand with regard to premarital sex.

In the following discussion we will examine this subject and see whether it was practiced at all in ancient India.

by Jayaram VThis article presents a historical analysis of premarital sex, caste distinctions, and sexual mores of ancient Hindu communities in the context of changing traditional values among the youth and the new social challenges that may impact Hindu society. Hence it may be revised further if research brings out new information.

The problem with Hinduism is that you can argue from every angle and support different standpoints, depending upon how you may view them.

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