hr at ivs.edu
Wed May 22 17:04:50 EDT 2013
Do we know the history of the Hindu custom of addressing women as mAtA or mAtAji?
Some Hindu traditions quote CANakya/KauTilya as follows:
mAtRvat para-dAreSu, para-dravyeSu loSTravat, Atmavat sarva-bhUteSu, yaH paZyati sa paNDitaH
"A pandita is he who sees others' wives as mother, others' property as dirt, all beings as oneself."
Yet typically itihasa-purana texts do not show men addressing others' wives, and certainly not women in general, as "mother."
Any help with this is sincerely appreciated.
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