The question that led to the writing of my book Sex and Power was, why is India with its erotic history, so neurotic about sex today? See “India Uptight over Erotica in Hinduism?”
Yet, there are two other factors I observed over the course of my research. Firstly, there continues to be an underlying sexuality to the practice of Hinduism, which Indians seems bizarrely blind to, and in denial of even as they practice it!
Secondly, modern India has the most extreme form of cultural tolerance for various types of sexually deviant social behavior – like sex-trafficking in the form of marriage! As I tried to understand why this was so, a theory from Freud explained it quite clearly, and also made a projection. As I searched further, I realized that Freud was right! The biggest shocker for me was making the connection that the female genocide in India today is a direct result of India’s confounded, perverted social attitude to sex and sexuality!
Below is an excerpt from the last section of my book.
The lingam-yoni which continues to be worshipped by millions in India is perhaps one of the most blatant sexual allusions in Hinduism. It is not just the terminology, the actual use of the words ‘penis’ (lingam) and ‘vagina’(yoni), but it is the representation as well, the idol (bearing) a likeness (to) the respective anatomies…an unambiguous portrayal of sexual intercourse. Yet, surprisingly, most Indians will vehemently deny (more…)
Posted by Rita Banerji on February 6, 2013
When I was a student, I remember reading about a secret language known only to Chinese women. I lost that article, and for many years, every time I brought it up in conversation, people would look at me strangely. No one had heard of anything like this — that the women of a society would have their own language which their menfolk knew nothing about. What more they had managed to keep this language a secret for a few hundred years.
I had almost forgotten about it, when last year, browsing through a bookstore, I came across the book Snowflower and the Secret Fan. It sounded sort of fairy-tale like (not my kind of book), so I almost put it back. Then on an impulse I turned it around to read the synopsis. And there it was — the evidence to what I had been seeking information for so long. There did exist such a language and it was called Nu Shu. The author Lisa See based her book on her research about Nu Shu. Read more about Nu Shu here.
Posted by Rita Banerji on March 23, 2010