Friday, March 7, 2014

Quote of the day

The Victorian Protestant British scorned Hinduism’s polytheism, erotic sculptures, spirited mockery of its own gods and earthy mythology as filthy paganism. They also preferred the texts created and perpetuated by a small, upper-caste male elite, and regarded as beneath contempt the vast oral and vernacular literatures enriched and animated by the voices of women and lower castes. It is this latter, “alternative” Hinduism that my book celebrates throughout Indian history.
-- Wendy Doniger, in the NYT [link]


Bro said...

Glad you liked this op-ed piece.
Nice choice of quote.

LFC said...

shd have hat-tipped you for alerting me to it