- 76 Downloads
In Hinduism, there is a philosophy behind choosing the right kind of clothing, and accordingly various types of clothes are prescribed which not only protect us from negative energies but also imbibe in us positive and spiritual energies. A specific line of clothing is prescribed for dharmaacharan “righteous behavior,” which includes attire, such as dhoti, uparna “a shawl,” mala “rosary,” gandh “sandalwood paste,” etc. It is believed that wearing a right type of clothes attracts positive waves from the atmosphere toward an individual. The Hindu Shastas forbid the followers to remain impure and naked. According to Apastamba Dharmasutra (22.214.171.124-9), naked state and impurity attract negative energies. The clothing of gods and goddesses tell us a lot about Hindu mythology and what would have been the clothes and dressing styles of our ancestors .
In Hinduism, there are three chief deities at the head of hierarchy of gods: Brahma (creator), Vishnu (administrator), and Shiva...
- 1.Arthur LB (2000) Undressing religion: commitment and conversion from a cross-cultural perspective. Berg, OxfordGoogle Scholar
- 2.Bulfinch T (1940) The age of fable: or, stories of the gods of Greece and Rome, the deities of Egypt, and the Eastern and Hindu mythology. Philadelphia: David MckayGoogle Scholar
- 3.Dowson J (2014) A classical dictionary of Hindu mythology and religion: geography, history and literature. D.K. Printworld, New DelhiGoogle Scholar
- 4.Dwivedi AV, Murray SB, Light AU (2015) God and popular culture: a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry’s most influential figure. Vol 2. Praeger, Santa BarbaraGoogle Scholar
- 5.Gibson L (2003) Hinduism. Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, AustinGoogle Scholar
- 6.Johnson DD, Pendergast S, Pendergast T (2013) Fashion, costume, and culture: clothing, headwear, body decorations, and footwear through the ages. UXL, DetroitGoogle Scholar
- 7.Kozlowski GC, Kingsley B, Knowledge Products, Blackstone Audiobooks (2007) Hinduism. Knowledge Products, AshlandGoogle Scholar
- 8.Steyn C, Dadoo Y (2000) Religion in life orientation: a facilitator’s multi-religion guide for the foundational school phase. University of South Africa, PretoriaGoogle Scholar
- 9.Varshney DC (1990) Myths and symbols in Hindu mythology: a legal interpretation. Ajanta Publications (India), DelhiGoogle Scholar