Saturday, 11 June 2016

Misogyny & bigotry in the Shiva purana

Vyasa said :-
O sage, if you are pleased with me you shall narrate
succinctly what was mentioned by Pañcacūḍa ( पञ्चचूड) viz., that
women are despicable.

Sanatkumara said:-
O sage, women are light-minded. They are at the
root of all troubles. Attachment towards them should not
be pursued by wakeful persons who desire liberation.

In this respect they quote an ancient tradition, the
conversation of Narada with the unchaste woman Pañcacūḍa.

Formerly, while the intelligent celestial sage Narada
was wandering in the worlds he saw the beautiful celestial
damsel Pañcacūḍa

The excellent sage Narada asked the beautiful
woman, the Apsaras -"O lady of beautiful waist, I have a
certain doubt. Please explain it to me

O brahmin, thus addressed the excellent celestial
damsel replied-''lf you consider me competent and if there
is a proper subject, I shall explain."

Narada said:-
O gentle lady, I shall never engage you in a subject
beyond your scope. O lady of slender waist (one wonders why Narada, a celibate saint is looking a the woman's waist), I wish
to hear from you the nature of women.

Pañcacūḍa said:-"O sage listen, being a woman I cannot censure
women. You already know what women are and what their
nature is.

O celestial sage, it does not behoove you to urge
me in such a question." After saying this the excellent
Apsaras Pañcacūḍa kept quiet.

On hearing her excellent statement the most excel·
lent of the celestial sages replied to her with a desire for the
benefit of the worlds.

Narada said:-
It may be wrong to make a false statement. There
is no defect in speaking the truth. Know this, O lady of
good waist and speak the truth.

Pañcacūḍa said:-
O Narada, this is the defect in women. Even
women of noble families, women with husbands and women
endowed with beauty do not stand within the limits of

There is none more sinning and more sinful than
women. Women are at the root of all sins. This you know

They might have husbands of good knowledge, of
ample wealth, of great comeliness and pleasing to them. But
when they get opportunities for erring, they do not wait.

O holy lord, this is the evil practice of all of us,
women, that we resort to sinful men casting off all shame
and shyness.

Women love only those persons who solicit their
company, who approach them intimately and who render
them a little bit of service.

Women usually do not observe the limitations of
conventional decency. If at all they stand by them with
their husbands it is because no man makes advances to them
or because they are afraid of their husbands.

There is no man not worthy of honor to women.
They are not mindful of the age of the man. They carry
on their dalliances (Sex) with any man ugly or beautiful.

It is not due to fear, taunts or affection for their
husbands or regard for their lineage that women remain loyal
to their husbands.

Even women of noble families aspire for the life
of lascivious women who in their prime or youth adorned
with lovable ornaments and beautiful wearing garments
move about frivolously.

Even the women who are honored well, loved
intimately and looked after with care become attached to
hunchbacks, blind men, imbeciles and dwarfs.

O celestial sage, they become attached to lame
and even despicable persons. O great sage, there is none in
the world who cannot be approached by women with solicitations
of lust.

O brahmin, if women do not get men for their
dalliance (Sex) they begin to indulge in abnormal sexual activity (Lesbianism)
with one another. They do not stand by their husbands.

Women become desperate when they do not get
men, when they are afraid of servants, when they are
frightened of being killed or imprisoned.

 Because they indulge in sexual intercourse as they
please they are fickle minded, of evil deeds and emotionally
incomprehensible even to an intelligent man.

Fire is not satiated with the logs of wood it consumes;
the ocean is not satiated with the rivers that flow
into it. The god of death is not satiated with the living
beings he kills and women are not satiated with the number
of men they cohabit with.
Basically the author thinks that women are sluts).

 O excellent sage, there is another secret of all
women that immediately on seeing a man their vaginal
passage begins to exude slimy secretions. 

On seeing a man fresh and clean from his bath with
his body perfumed with sweet scents, the vaginal passage of
women begins to exude like water dripping from a leather

Women do not brook their husbands who may
give all that they love, who may honor and console them
and who may look after them well.

Women do not remain satisfied and contented so
much with simple loves and pleasures and with ornaments
and money as with illicit love pursued by them with other

Women can be kept equally balanced against
all these put together viz., god of death,
Yama (God of Death), Antaka,Pitila, the submarine fire,
the sharp edge of razor, poison, serpent and fire.

Ever since the five elements, the world, the men
and women were created by Brahma, O Narada, the defect
lies in women always.

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