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 is the most “not Asian thing” about you?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: South Asian here. Indian to be specific. Keralite to be even more specific. So we’re talking stereotypes here, eh? Ugh! How I hate that word! Anyway… I don’t do the ‘Indian headshake’ thing. Nope. Just doesn’t come to me. I don’t like rice. Yes, I have written in another answer…

Is menstrual blood impure, as it is considered in Indian culture?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: That depends on whether you think of urine, feces, ear wax, snot, mucus, etc. as ‘impure’. Contrary to all the hullabaloo regarding menstrual blood, I view it only in that way. It is a body waste. Plain and simple. And it is still a body waste whether it is an…

Why are flowers used to worship Hindu deities?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. I’ll share what I was told when I was little. Maybe it was an elder’s explanation to an inquisitive child. Anyway… I was told that flowers are one of God’s most beautiful creations. They are not just beautiful, but they are pure and without a…

What happens at a traditional Arab wedding?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I have been to a few weddings here in Qatar and hence here’s a view from the PoV of a guest. Entry to the wedding is by invitation ONLY. Invitees are given admit cards along with the invite. Here’s an example of a typical Arab wedding invite. The cute little…