Premarital Sex and Hinduism Term Paper by Peter Pen

Premarital Sex and Hinduism
A discussion on whether Hindus still consider premarital sex as taboo in contemporary America.
# 113849 | 1,843 words | 11 sources | APA | 2009
Published on May 14, 2009 in Religion and Theology (Eastern) , Sociology (General)

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This paper discusses how the Hindus in America today deal with the constant pressures of conforming to American society while keeping strong to their Hindu traditions and morals concerning premarital sex. The paper examines several Hindu sacred texts and looks at myths and stories of premarital pregnancies and sex of many different gods and highly worshipped figures and contends that Hindus in America seem to be more liberal and accept premarital sex as a part of life. They do not see it as taboo based because of the change of lifestyle between ancient times and now, the change of marriage age, the availability of contraceptive, and peer pressure.

From the Paper:

"In the Mahabharata, another well-known Hindu epic exists the story of Kunti. Kunti is the mother of the Pandavas, the five princes of Hastinapura (Narayan). Before marrying her current husband Pandu, fathers of the Pandavas, she had a son Karna from the sun Surya. Kunti worshipped the sun and in return she was given a son. But she kept this son as a secret from her husband Pandu. She suffers for the rest of her life for this sin. Fearing denunciation from her family, she deserts her baby boy Karna. Karna grows up to become a great hero and an enemy of the Pandavas. He is on the opposing team in the Mahabharata that the Pandava brothers are fighting against ( In this example, the premarital son Karna is kept a secret for years until on the battlefield all is revealed. "

Sample of Sources Used:

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