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Sat 18 Jun 2022

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC+5.5)

Menstruation Across Cultures – A Talk on the Book

INDICA USA is pleased to present a talk on the book “Menstruation Across Cultures” by its author Mr.Nithin Sridhar

About the Book: 

Menstruation across Cultures attempts to provide a detailed review of menstruation notions prevalent in India and in cultures from across the world. The world cultures covered in the book include Indic traditions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism; ancient civilisations like Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia and Egypt; and Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Two themes of special focus in the book are: Impurity and Sacrality. While they are often understood as being opposed to each other, the book examines how they are treated as two sides of the same coin, when it comes to menstruation. This is especially true in Indic traditions and pre-Christian polytheistic traditions like Greco-Roman, Mesopotamian and Egyptian. Impurity and Sacrality complement each other to form a comprehensive worldview in these cultures. The book also examines how the understanding of impurity in Abrahamic religions differs from those of polytheistic cultures. As part of the examination of the sacrality attached to menstruation, a special focus has also been given to the deities of menstruation in polytheistic cultures and to what Ayurveda and Yoga say about this essential function in a woman’s physiology. Finally, a comparative study of menstrual notions prevalent in modernity is presented, along with a Do and Don’t dossier.


Mr.Nithin Sridhar

Author, Chief Curator, INDICA MOKSHA

Nithin Sridhar has a degree in Civil Engineering, and having worked in the construction field, he passionately writes about various issues from development, politics, and social issues, to religion, spirituality, and ecology. He is currently Editor of IndiaFacts- a portal on Indian history and culture; He is Chief Curator of Advaita Academy dedicated to the dissemination of Advaita Vedanta. He is a Consulting Editor to Indic Today Magazine. He is based in Mysuru, Karnataka. His first book "Musings On Hinduism" provided an overview of various aspects of Hindu philosophy and society. His latest book 'Samanya Dharma' enunciates upon general tenets of ethics as available in Hindu texts. However, his most widely read book is "Menstruation Across Cultures: A Historical Perspective" that examines menstruation notions and practices prevalent in different cultures & religions from across the world. His upcoming book is an English commentary on Ishavasya Upanishad. He tweets at @nkgrock.


Manjula Tekal

Host, Author

Manjula Tekal is an author and translator. She has several translations to her credit, including a Kannada translation of Jagmohan's 'My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir' (published), Babu Krishnamurthy's Ajeya, a biography of Chandrashekhar Azad from Kannada to English (releasing soon.) Her novel, 'Devayani,' is soon to be published by Garuda Prakashana. Manjula holds Master's degrees in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIM-B), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. Manjula has several years of experience in the field of IT and Management. She has worked both in Industry and Education sectors.