It is easy to rake up activism simply for the sake of it. After all we have all been raised on inspirational sayings\u00a0 like \u201cbe the change you want to see\u201d \u2026.\nBut is there really a case for such a change? Has the WHY of a practice been understood before demanding that it be changed?\nIn Sabarimala temple, women are not allowed in and that fact sounds oh-so-terrible. But today I read about the rest of the context of this practice and here is the viewpoint of a woman of the area.\nHere is another view point I read about by Supriya Pillai:\n\n\n\u201cI am a Hindu Woman from Kerala and I don\u2019t want to go to Sabarimala\u2026.You will find hundreds of thousands of us in Kerala and elsewhere\u2026highly educated, professionals, writers etc who will agree with me\u2026..Why?Because\u2026Kerala Hindu women have Temples and festivals exclusively for themselves\u2026ours was a Matriarchal society where only the women inherited. We have a Temple where once a year the priests there will wash the feet of every woman devotee who comes there because a woman is the representation of the Godess\u2026.we have a Temple in MAnnarashala where the Priests are exclusively women, We have Thiruvathira\u2026\u2026.which is an exclusively women\u2019s festival\u2026no men allowed in the vicinity\u2026we have Pongala a pooja where lakhs and lakhs of women take part\u2026.in Trivandrum\u2026..since the Temple cannot hold all these vast numbers\u2026Trivandrum literally shuts down and it\u2019s streets are full of women\u2026yes exclusively women\u2026\u2026..\nContrary to that \u2026.Sabarimala\u2026.is the one place in Kerala which is exclusively for men\u2026. This is where our men go together\u2026it\u2019s a male bonding\u2026 Thing.. Fathers and sons, brothers,uncles, grandfathers all the male members in a family or community or friends\u2026The whole community irrespective of caste, wealth, creed joins in\u2026.including the women\u2026Yes\u2026many of us keep fast with the men in our family.\nThese forty days are a source of great joy and peace for us\u2026..in many homes\u2026.it is the only time of the year when men don\u2019t drink\u2026..no non-veg food, every one gets up very early in the morning around 4:00 a.m, bathe, do your pooja\u2026.visit the nearest Temple\u2026\u2026the family gets together\u2026.it brings family members in together\u2026\u2026\nOur men don\u2019t do this bonding by drinking, drugs or whoring\n Instead it is through 40 days of detox\u2026 Every one is in it.. The women as well.\nThere is peace in society cos many alcoholics are detoxing\u2026 There is a bond not only in the family but in the community.You go for bhajans in the evening\u2026.again the family goes together. The community gets together\u2026..very important in this day and age when everyone is working especially in Kerala.\nAfter 40 days the men go to Sabarimala, sometimes taking their aged mothers with them and maybe the older children including gals who haven\u2019t yet menstruated..\nThe women have the home to themselves\u2026 3 days or until the men come back to do as they please. What do they call this is modern terms\u2026..? Yes\u2026. men having their own space and women their own space and time out \u2026Well\u2026.we have been doing this for a long time\u2026.keeping our cultural ethos and values in mind while doing so\u2026\n\u2013 Supriya Pillai\u201d\n\n\n\u00a0\nIt is another viewpoint \u2026.\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\njan 2016\n\u00a0\n\n\n\u00a0\n\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Understanding the Y \u2013 Women not allowed in Sabarimala Temple appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.