The Irony of being a woman in India
by Kanika Goswami
Eve, in the Middle Eastern Garden of Eden, was made out of Adams rib. She was, as a result, subservient to man. But in Indian mythology, one of the creators of mankind and their lifes philosophy was Ila, a woman. In ancient Sanskrit scriptures GOD is referred to as tat (Sanskrit for IT, not He)...meaning Gods gender is undefined for our ancients, ( so it could be a woman we are talking about). The concept of Ardhnareeshwar as that of the Creator (half man, half woman) is supposed to be unique to Indian mythology.