Tuesday Aug 29, 2023

Ep.27. Draupadi’s Polyandrous Marriage:Stories and Attitudes (The Mahabharata)

How acceptable was a marriage like that of Draupadi and Pandavas in their time? How did society evolve with respect to attitudes about different types of relationships and marriages? Dig deeper into the stories of why Draupadi was destined to have five husbands and look into the concept of polyandry and its practice in ancient India.

Polygamy: marriage in which a spouse of either sex may have more than one mate at the same time

Polygyny: the state or practice of having more than one wife or female mate at a time

Polyandry: the state or practice of having more than one husband or male mate at one time

Fraternal Polyandry: polyandry in which several brothers share one wife

Source: Merriam-Webster


Listen to:

-attitudes regarding relationship and marriages in vedic society and its evolution

-stories supporting or justifying the decision for Draupadi’s marriage to five brothers




  Darshini, P. (2014). FEMINISM A HISTORICAL INTERFACE BETWEEN LITERATURE AND HISTORY DURING GUPTA PERIOD. Proceedings of the Indian History Congress75, 107–115. http://www.jstor.org/stable/44158368


  Sahgal, S. (2005). Indian History Congress Prize Essay: POLYANDRY WITHIN PATRIARCHY; REITERATION OF MALE HEGEMONY IN THE SOCIO-SEXUAL CONTEXTS OF EARLY INDIA. Proceedings of the Indian History Congress66, 199–214. http://www.jstor.org/stable/44145838


  The Mahabharata 1: Complete and Unabridged; translated by Bibek Debroy. (2015). Penguin Random House India. (Original work published 2010)


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