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Sept 24 - Auspiciousness:Inauspiciousness, Purity:Pollution, and Women.doc

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Religious Studies
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RELG 356
Davesh Soneji

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Sept 24AuspiciousnessInauspiciousness PurityPollution and WomenBrahmanic Notions of Ritual Purity and their Implicationspuritycentral ideal purity of thoughts as well as physical puritynot touchingcoming into contact with pollutantsPurity saucaPollution asaucaAuspiciousness subha Inauspiciousness asubha mangala amangalaPower of saubhagya or goodfortuneKarmic Merit punyaKarmic Demerit papaMarried Woman Widow vidhavasumangali or cumnkali full of saubhagyaFertile WomanInfertile WomanClean nonMenstruating menstruating WomanWomanexamples of contradictionscrossing of the two auspiciousinauspmenstruation is auspicious in what is signifies however the flow of blood itself is a pollutantchildbirth itself is wonderful and auspicious however the ritual releasing of substances act of giving birth is ritually pollutingSaubhagya
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