suresh.kolichala at gmail.com
Thu May 23 09:58:12 EDT 2013
This phenomenon is pan-South Asian. It is very common to address women as
'mother' 'maa/amma/aayi' and men as 'father' 'baapu, ayya, appa'. It is
also common across linguistic families to address sons and daughters
endearingly as 'mother' and 'father'.
On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM, Howard Resnick <hr at ivs.edu> wrote:
> Thank you, Matthew, for raising these key questions. Gaudiya [Bengali]
> Vaishnava communities, expanding around the world, typically follow and
> teach this "rule" of addressing women as 'mother.' Are they merely
> propagating a Bengali Hindu custom? Or does it include Bengali Muslims? Is
> the custom, to any degree, pan-Hindu? pan-South Asian?
> Thanks to Jonathan and Somadeva for their information.
> On May 23, 2013, at 4:33 AM, Matthew Kapstein <mkapstei at UCHICAGO.EDU>
> > This thread included the comment that in Bengal men address even their
> daughters as Ma, and so far as I know this is indeed the case.
> > Two questions:
> > Is this so widespread outside of Bengal?
> > Among Bengalis, is the use confined to Hindus or is it current among
> Muslims as well?
> > Both of these questions, of course, are pertinent to the issue of
> whether or not this should be
> > considered 'Hindu' usage?
> > Matthew Kapstein
> > Directeur d'études,
> > Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> > Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> > The University of Chicago
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