Which given names are unique to your language, country or culture?

Malayalam Although Malayalam is a relatively new language as compared to the more ancient languages from which it was coined, there are (were?) some given names among our lot that I haven’t heard being used in any other language. Before I go any further, I need to explain a bit of history behind our naming…

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…

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 things every Indian should know about Indian history?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I’m sure many of you would have seen Shashi Tharoor’s video that was in circulation on social media where he is seen verbally bludgeoning a person who asked a cheeky question regarding the contribution of the British to India. For those who haven’t watched it yet, here’s the video…  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_fHt523H0o…

Is the Telugu movie Bahubali a real story from history?

Or Fantasy script created by Director Rajamouli Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: As per his own admission, the story of Baahubali is a work of fiction that took form in the mind of S.S. Rajamouli’s father K.V. Vijayendra Prasad. I had, however, come across the name of Mahishmati earlier. I have seen it mentioned in…

Are there any mentions of Afghanistan and Tajikistan in Hinduism?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Present day Afghanistan and Tajikistan were very affluent kingdoms during the Vedic period. The kingdom of Gandhara is said to have been located in and around present-day Afghanistan. Gandhara was one of the most respected kingdoms of the time, so much so that the illustrious Kuru dynasty chose one of…