Women and the Divine Word (Vedas)
•Hindus have four revealed texts: Rigveda,Samaveda, Atharvaveda, Yajurveda•Of the 407 Sages of
, 21 are women. Manysignificant hymns are by women.•Recitation of
starts with invocation toDevi: “
…”. Book XIV of thisVeda and sections in other books also attributed toWomen Sages (‘
often accompanied by playing of instruments by women.•Several mantras from
(e.g. Sukla YV5.17) specifically recited by women.
: The belief that women cannot studythe Vedas is false, and later concoction.