In this series I would explore, the practices followed in our society regarding menstruation/periods. These practices make me cringe but it is amazing how these continue to be followed by our society even today.
Superstition 1: Do not go near plants when you have periods.
Seriously? Reasons given for this include
- You are impure and the flowers coming from this plant/tree cannot be offered to god if you were to touch it.
- Tulsi (Indian Basil) is so holy; you would be defiling it if you even went near it.
- The flowers will wither and the plant will dry up and die if you were to touch it during periods.
If god was so bothered by periods, why create them in the first place? How come this applies to secretions from the female body only? What about people who are bleeding due to accidents or something like that? What about other body secretions? Do they not defile the plants? My periods can kill plants! Really wow I got super powers. Then so many plants died in the ancient times when man was not yet ‘civilised’ and roamed the jungles. Many still do abroad where this rule is not followed. Tsk tsk – Now we know the cause of global warming. Plants killed by women who touched them when they had periods. It makes so much sense now! And they waste so much time and money on conferences and research discussing how to save trees.
These kinds of rules of not allowing women to go near plants and touch them or the flowers still exist in India and are practiced by Indians in cities, in educated households and those who live abroad as well. Sad but true.
Read more articles in this series here.