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Drinking Alcohol was a Common Practice Among Women of Ancient India

Vishakha Sharma | Last Modified - Apr 29, 2016, 12:01 AM IST

Did you Know Women Could Consume Liquor Socially in Ancient India?
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    Alcohol consumption occupies a very unusual position within our Indian culture. There are certain rules existing in some sections of our society that clearly divide the drinking patterns between men and women. According to these, men consuming alcohol is acceptable in the society, but women drinking it is frowned upon.
    While many people in our society still believe that women should refrain from drinking, as it is not meant for them, the scenario was quite otherwise in ancient India.
    Earlier, the drinking of intoxicating beverages was a very common practice for most people including women. Many liquors and intoxicating drinks are mentioned in the Vedic Literature (Indian Sanskrit texts composed between 1500 – 500 BC), where both men and women are frequently depicted with drinking cups in ancient Indian art.
    So, what was it like in ancient India? How is it that women were allowed to drink alcohol then, but judged now? Find all your answers in this story.
  • +5 See more slides
    Alcohol consumption occupies a very unusual position within our Indian culture. There are certain rules existing in some sections of our society that clearly divide the drinking patterns between men and women. According to these, men consuming alcohol is acceptable in the society, but women drinking it is frowned upon.
    While many people in our society still believe that women should refrain from drinking, as it is not meant for them, the scenario was quite otherwise in ancient India.
    Earlier, the drinking of intoxicating beverages was a very common practice for most people including women. Many liquors and intoxicating drinks are mentioned in the Vedic Literature (Indian Sanskrit texts composed between 1500 – 500 BC), where both men and women are frequently depicted with drinking cups in ancient Indian art.
    So, what was it like in ancient India? How is it that women were allowed to drink alcohol then, but judged now? Find all your answers in this story.
  • +5 See more slides
    Alcohol consumption occupies a very unusual position within our Indian culture. There are certain rules existing in some sections of our society that clearly divide the drinking patterns between men and women. According to these, men consuming alcohol is acceptable in the society, but women drinking it is frowned upon.
    While many people in our society still believe that women should refrain from drinking, as it is not meant for them, the scenario was quite otherwise in ancient India.
    Earlier, the drinking of intoxicating beverages was a very common practice for most people including women. Many liquors and intoxicating drinks are mentioned in the Vedic Literature (Indian Sanskrit texts composed between 1500 – 500 BC), where both men and women are frequently depicted with drinking cups in ancient Indian art.
    So, what was it like in ancient India? How is it that women were allowed to drink alcohol then, but judged now? Find all your answers in this story.
  • +5 See more slides
    Alcohol consumption occupies a very unusual position within our Indian culture. There are certain rules existing in some sections of our society that clearly divide the drinking patterns between men and women. According to these, men consuming alcohol is acceptable in the society, but women drinking it is frowned upon.
    While many people in our society still believe that women should refrain from drinking, as it is not meant for them, the scenario was quite otherwise in ancient India.
    Earlier, the drinking of intoxicating beverages was a very common practice for most people including women. Many liquors and intoxicating drinks are mentioned in the Vedic Literature (Indian Sanskrit texts composed between 1500 – 500 BC), where both men and women are frequently depicted with drinking cups in ancient Indian art.
    So, what was it like in ancient India? How is it that women were allowed to drink alcohol then, but judged now? Find all your answers in this story.
  • +5 See more slides
    Alcohol consumption occupies a very unusual position within our Indian culture. There are certain rules existing in some sections of our society that clearly divide the drinking patterns between men and women. According to these, men consuming alcohol is acceptable in the society, but women drinking it is frowned upon.
    While many people in our society still believe that women should refrain from drinking, as it is not meant for them, the scenario was quite otherwise in ancient India.
    Earlier, the drinking of intoxicating beverages was a very common practice for most people including women. Many liquors and intoxicating drinks are mentioned in the Vedic Literature (Indian Sanskrit texts composed between 1500 – 500 BC), where both men and women are frequently depicted with drinking cups in ancient Indian art.
    So, what was it like in ancient India? How is it that women were allowed to drink alcohol then, but judged now? Find all your answers in this story.
  • +5 See more slides
    Alcohol consumption occupies a very unusual position within our Indian culture. There are certain rules existing in some sections of our society that clearly divide the drinking patterns between men and women. According to these, men consuming alcohol is acceptable in the society, but women drinking it is frowned upon.
    While many people in our society still believe that women should refrain from drinking, as it is not meant for them, the scenario was quite otherwise in ancient India.
    Earlier, the drinking of intoxicating beverages was a very common practice for most people including women. Many liquors and intoxicating drinks are mentioned in the Vedic Literature (Indian Sanskrit texts composed between 1500 – 500 BC), where both men and women are frequently depicted with drinking cups in ancient Indian art.
    So, what was it like in ancient India? How is it that women were allowed to drink alcohol then, but judged now? Find all your answers in this story.

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