Menstruation - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religion

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Menstruation in the World Religions

Given the complexity of religious traditions, the following remarks are necessarily very general and may not pertain to all forms of a specific religion. Nonetheless, it is broadly the case that in Brahmanical Hinduism, menstrual blood is considered polluting and requires a woman to separate from her family for the first three days of her period. During this time she cannot perform religious acts of devotion and, secluded from her family, cannot cook, look after children, brush her hair, or wear jewelry. She must perform a purificatory bathing rite before normal relationships and activities can resume.

Similarly, in Buddhism, menstrual pollution prevents a woman from undertaking pilgrimage or entering a temple. The prohibitions differ according to context: some temples in northern Thailand do not allow women to circumambulate the stupas, fearing the pollution of relics held at their center. However, contemporary Buddhist apologetics frequently...

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