Who are some pre-vedic deities?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I assume that by the term ‘pre-vedic’, the question refers to the Vedic time period and not to the vedas themselves. As I understand it, the present day deities have come to be worshipped only over the past 4000(?) years or so. Prior to that, I have observed from my…

Why are religious stories not called “mythology”?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Hmm… mythology. A word I hate with a certain passion. Each time I see it being used, I feel a sense of anger bubbling within me. The word ‘mythology’ originated from several European languages with the root word ‘myth’ which is basically a study of some kind of folk stories…

If you were royalty, what would your name be?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: In the state of Kerala in India (where I’m from), there is a specific procedure for naming royalty. Kerala had three or four principal kingdoms but only two major royal families – the royal families of the kingdoms of Travancore and Cochin. If I’d been born into the Travancore Royal…

Who are people’s favourite characters in the Mahabharata? Why?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: When anyone mentions the Mahabharata, there are some key characters who are usually hero-worshiped by all fans of the work. Krishna The mastermind behind the whole sequence of events that unfolded. The apple of everyone’s eyes. And one of the few characters who was cordial with almost everyone on both…

Why is colorism so tolerated in India?

Answer by  Raakhee V. Menon: Because in India (and in most South Asian countries, for that matter), fair skin automatically translates to beautiful. It doesn’t matter if the facial features are far from perfect. As long as the person is fair, they are considered as beautiful/handsome. I don’t think this is an age-old system, though….

Why matriarchal society of ancient human could last so many years in the past? According to the ESS, we can see the most stable male to female ratio is 1:1. So, why could this kind of society last for almost 35,000 years?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I belong to a community in India that is still matrilineal. There’s a basic difference between matrilineal and matriarchal. Many people tend to confuse between both or use one as a synonym for the other. They’re both different. A matriarchy is one where the head of the family is always…

What are some common forms of sexism that men face?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Sexism is a social evil… whether directed against men or against women. Although it must also be said that even if I, as a woman, try to equal it out, I have been met with reactions from the opposite sex which has made me think if these guys really want…