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Title The High-Caste Hindu Woman
Author(s) Sarasvati, Pundita Ramabai
Section Section III: The Visible Empire
Date 1887
Document Type Printed Book
Place of Publication Philadelphia
Library British Library
Reference V26041.OIOC
Region North America, Europe, South Asia
Names Pundita Ramabai Sarasvati, Rachel L. Bodley, Anandibai Joshee (frontispiece, ppii, iii, 108), Rakhmabai (pp64-66)
Places United States of America, USA (ppii, 119), England (pii), India, Poona (ppii, iv-v, xv-xvi), Calcutta (ppii, xiv), Bombay (ppii, 31)
Topics settler, memoir, Hinduism, caste system, condition of native women in India, emigration, Indians settling in America (ppii, iii-iv), child marriage (ppiii, x-xii, xvi, 29-32, 37, 40-44), married lifor Hindu women (ppiv, 29-49), death of Anandibai Joshee (ppiv-v), obituaries for Anadibai Joshee (ppv-vi), brahmans (ppix-xiii, xxi, 3, 5, 7, 23-24, 31, 82), education of Hindu women (ppx-xiii, xiv-xviii, xx-xxi, 107-115), pilgrimage (ppxii-xiv), Ayra Mahila Somaj (ppxv-xvi), society to promote education among Hindu women and discouragement of child marriage (ppxv-xvii), conversion to Christianity (ppxviii-xix, 10), cost of opening school for Hindu women (ppxxiii-xxiv, 117), religious beliefs of the Hindu nation (pp1-4), reincarnation (pp3-4), social customs of the Hindu nation (pp4-5), hierarchy of the caste system (pp6-9), preparation of food and drink according to the caste system (pp5-6), intermarriage within castes (pp7-9, 23, 34), status of women, division of women's lives according to sacred laws (p11), childhood (pp12-28, 42), preference for sons over daughters (pp12-19), sacred authorization for husbands without sons to replace their wives (p14), ritual for pregnant women to convert embryos into boys (p17), Hindu marriage ceremonies (pp21-23), polygamy (p23), female infanticide (pp25-27), marriageable age for high caste girls (p29), freedom of Hindu women to choose their husbands (pp30-31), fate of unmarried women (pp33-34), treatment of child brides by mother-in-laws (pp43-47), women's place in religion and society (pp50-68), Hindu commandments regarding women (pp50-53), distrust of women (pp52-57), religious duties of Hindu women (pp58-61), stories of women who tried to escape marriage contracts (pp63-66), failure of British rule to protect women against Hindu law (pp66-67), Hindu widows (pp69-93, 103, 109), number of widows in India (p109), virgin widows (pp109-110), suttee, sati (pp73-81, 89), rituals undertaken by widows (pp82-83), Church of England Zenana Missionary Society (pp86-87, 103), remarriage of widows (pp90-93), effect of treatment of Hindu women upon Indian society (pp94-), lack of education among Hindu women (pp102-106), number of Hindu women unable to read or write (p102), native women teachers (pp105-107), schools for Hindu women (pp110-112), appeal to public for funds to open schools (pp117-119)