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…

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…

How much material is used in traditional Indian attire for men?

I know that Sari’s are usually comprised of yards of material. Do men wear lots of layers under their outer garments too? Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Unlike the standard 9 yard saree, the length of cloth required for men’s attire differs from region to region. Some cultures have their men sporting a standard tunic…

What are some traditional (pure) Malayalam names?

Like ആർച്ച, ആരോമൽ, ചിരുത, വെളുത്ത, അമ്പിളി. Good if one could provide origins for them like ചിരുത=ചിരുതേയി=ശ്രീദേവി Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: There are some from very long ago. I have heard from my family elders that back in the days, the Namboothiri Brahmins did not permit anyone not belonging to their caste to put Vedic…

What does a banyan tree represent in Hinduism?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: A single magnificent banyan tree with an altar around it is a common sight in even the simplest of Hindu temples in Kerala. There is one in the temple near our home too. When I was little, I used to to go the temple holding my grandmother’s little finger 🙂…

When and why did Indians stop wearing turbans?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Not all Indians wore turbans. Many did wear them as a part of their attire. Some wore it specifically for important occasions. Turbans were more popular in the northern parts of India. In the more humid and sultry southern regions, people seldom wore turbans or any kind of head gear…

What is folk culture? What are some classic examples of it?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I’ll answer this in two parts, as the question demands. What is folk culture? Culture represents a set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices and which manifests itself in almost all economic, social and other activities. Folk culture is the localized form of a culture – refers to the…

What is the best way to defend myself with Hinduism ?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Thank you for the A2A. Personally, I don’t engage in such discussions with shallow minded individuals. I would not want to justify myself, my beliefs and my relationship with the Divine. My relationship with God is my private affair. That said, I admit that I have also been bombarded with…