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…

What is your favorite Malayalam word/phrase? Why?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I use a lot of Malayalam slang words and phrases in my daily banter… some of them are native to Ernakulam and Tripunithura, while some are picked up from my dad’s native place, Thrissur-Palakkad border, and thereabouts. Uvva! (ഉവ്വ ) This is like saying ‘Yeah right!’… intense sarcasm intended. Oh…

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…

What is the most gorgeous view you have ever seen?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: There are a few that I did manage to capture during my travels in and around India. Some have made their way to my Instagram, while many others are still lying hidden in various folders on my PC, laptop, USBs, etc. Sharing a few here… The Thousand Pillared Hall at…

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…