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Ancient Culture Proves That Menstruating Women Are Above God

Here are the myths imputed to menstruation and respective elucidations

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– by Naina Mishra

July 24, 2017: We all have lived by the beliefs appended to Menstruation and deeply embedded them in our systems. What we call as a taboo was, in fact, a bliss in the past.

Undermentioned are the myths imputed to menstruation and respective elucidations-

Menstrual blood is impure…

In some Indian cultures, menstrual blood is said to possess immense power. Menstruating women have heightened psychic abilities, even more so to heal the sick.

Women are not allowed to enter temple while on her periods…

The old age myth with the monthly cycle is that a woman on periods is forbidden to enter the holy temple. Barring the negative connotations to the lore, a menstruating woman is deemed akin to a Goddess. The power of the presiding deity at the temple ceases when menstruating women enter the temple.

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Women should not lay flat at the temple in front of the deity…

Women should not lay flat, rather they just kneel down in front of the god. Scriptures say that laying womb on the floor to worship the deity is viewed against the humanity. With due consideration to the fact that womb is cradle to mankind, and even the almighty does not disdain it. 

Menstruating women should not cook…

It is believed that according to Vedas, the cosmic energy of food derived from plant life is full of prana which is energy flowing from the ground towards the sky. On the other hand, blood from the periods is flowing downwards. While prana is full of energy, menstrual blood is governed by Pitta and Vata which cleanses the spirit. The confluence of upward and downward flow of energies will hamper the cleansing process. The myth thus stands invalid. 

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94


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Two HPV types (16 and 18) cause 70 per cent of cervical cancers and precancerous cervical lesions.

Analysis of HPV test reports of 4,500 women pan-India between 2014 and 2018, showed that women aged between 31 and 45 years had the highest percentage of high-risk HPV at 47 per cent.

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However, “cervical cancer is also the only cancer which is preventable if care is taken in the initial stage”, said B.R Das from SRL Diagnostics in a statement issued here on Saturday.

“The high mortality rate from cervical cancer globally could be reduced through a comprehensive approach that includes screening, early diagnosis and treatment programmes,” he added.

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Besides vaccination before girls become sexually active, secondary prevention can be done by regular cervical smear of PAP smear which can pick up any abnormal cells in the cervix before they become cancerous.

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