Women and the Divine Word (Vedas)
Hindus have four revealed texts: Rigveda,Samaveda, Atharvaveda, Yajurveda Of the 407 Sages of
, 21 are women.Many significant hymns are by women. Recitation of
starts withinvocation to Devi: ³
.Book XIV of this Veda and sections in other books also attributed to Women Sages(µ
¶) Recitation of
often accompanied byplaying of instruments by women. Several mantras from
(e.g. SuklaYV 5.17) specifically recited by women.
: The belief that women cannotstudy the Vedas is false, and later concoction.