Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Indian attitudes towards sex

Off late one question was itching through my brain. As Indians we have been liberal with sex in the past. In a land where Sex was scientifically documented in the form of masterpeices like "KamaSutra" its really a surprize to see the change in attitudes towards it in the recent era.

So as usual i went on a hunt on the internet to find an answer to the question.

At what point did india became sexually tabooed as against previous states when it was culturally open sexually?

I found a detailed write up about indian sex history on wikipedia.
It is quite shocking to know that the colonization of india was one of the major influencers of making sex a taboo in indian culture...here is wat wiki pedia says

...the main moral influence that led to stigmatisation of Indian sexual liberalism by Indians within India itself was the effect of the ideas of the Victorian era, in which other cultures, from European view, were seen as primitive if they did not conform to the ideas of European culture. The pluralism of Hinduism, and its liberal attitudes were condemned as 'barbaric' by a colonial Europe and proof of inferiority of the East. The effects of British education, administration, scholarship of Indian history and biased literature all led to the effective 'colonization' of the Indian mind with European values. This led some Indians wanting to conform their religious practices and moral values to Victorian ideas of "high" civilization.

Although still not completely convinced i shall keep the post updated if i find more proofs regarding this topic.

Related links and resources

http://ezinearticles.com/?History-of-Sex-in-India-and-Its-Changing-Role&id=1634805

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_sex_in_India#Ancient_times

http://www.mixpills.com/history-of-sex-2-India.htm

http://www.thebacchanalian.com/2009/10/kama-sutra-the-content-of-the-kama-sutra/

http://www.thebacchanalian.com/2009/09/female-ejaculation-amrita-the-nectar-of-the-goddess/    [Adult content]



Wednesday, August 27, 2008

future of the past

Awesome collection of historical path breaks

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/

Monday, August 25, 2008

Prehistoric Delhi

I stumbled upon this book in KMC( NID library) related to Prehistoric times of delhi...here are some intersting facts.

"The name delhi appears to have been used for the first time during 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. by the great geographer ptolemy. He had marked 'daidala' in his map in India close to Indraprashtha....

"Firshita, author of Tarikh-i- Farishta' states that Delhi derives its name from Raja Dhilu of the Early times..."

"With the discovery of early stone age tools around anangpur and stray finds from various areas of delhi, it is now claer that delhi and its neighbourhood, spreading on the plateaus of aravalis and plains of yamuna, has been the habitat of man from times of homo sapiens"

"Early Man preferred the area around delhi as all the requisites required by him to inhabit the area were available here in plenty. Moreover the climatic consitions were also not very harsh"


Truly amazing find...makes us link to stone age period beyond the traditional history we keep studying every now and then.

Sources:

Prehistoric Delhi and its neighbourhoods - A.K. Sharma

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Wolrd History in a single interface

An interesting link that shows world history in an interactive way

https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/globe.html#

Thursday, May 1, 2008

The roots of Marathi

With the disintegration of the Mauryan Empire, a local dynasty called Satavahanas came into prominence in Maharashtra between 230 B.C.E. and 225 C.E. The period saw the biggest cultural development of Maharashtra. The Satavahana's official language was Maharashtri, which later developed into Marathi.

Maharashtri (Marathi: महाराष्ट्री प्राकृत), is a language of ancient and medieval India, descended from Sanskrit, and spoken in what is now Maharashtra and other parts of India. It is the ancestor of Marathi, Divehi and Sinhalese as well. It is one of the many languages (often called dialects) of a complex called Prakrit, and the chief Dramatic Prakrit. Its literary use was made famous by the playwright Kalidasa.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharashtri
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prakrit
http://bhashaindia.com/Patrons/LanguageTech/Marathi.aspx

Sopara the oldest port

Sopara near Mumbai was a prosperous port of the west coast of India since the beginning of the first millennium B.C. till as late as 15th century A.D. Known under the names of Shutparak, and Suppara and identified with Ophir of Solomon’s times by some scholars, this port center, an outlet to the trade of Deccan, has a rich inscriptional reference

This is the same as the present day place called Nala Sopara.
However today it is on land majorly Nala Sopara was one of the oldest connectors to india as a port.

Here are some links

http://www.geocities.com/unitedit/places/SoparaPort/SoparaArticle.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sopara