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View the PDF document The changing status of women in the traditional Indo-Fijian (Hindu) wedding ceremony
Author:Prasad, Reshmi Lata
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A.
Subject: Hindu marriage customs and rites -- Fiji , Hindu women -- Fiji
Date: 2013
Call No.: pac BL 1226 .82 .M3 P732 2013
BRN: 1190635
Copyright:20-40% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: This research project reviews the changing status of women in a traditional Indo-Fijian (Hindu) wedding ceremony. Working from a feminist perspective, the larger focus of this project is to highlight ways in which women functioned within the strict norms of the society constructed mainly for the benefit of the patriarch. Indo-Fijian (Hindu) women view that tradition and culture have been gender biased as they have operated in the favor of men, thereby reducing women’s importance in the society. Inspired by issues relating to the Indo-Fijian women in a traditional wedding ceremony in the novel Amma….the frail wooden door by Amitesh Deo, this research project works to discover the place of Indo-Fijian women in the traditional wedding ceremony and ascertain the changes in their status. A comparative study based on the past and the contemporary Indo-Fijian (Hindu) societies and wedding ceremonies have been carried out which reveal that the status of women have undergone positive changes in the Hindu wedding ceremony. Information gathered through the interviews conducted on the Indo-Fijians (Hindus) show that migration, education and modernization are some of the major factors which have facilitated the improvement of the status of women and have helped them to build their capacity in the society. Indo-Fijian women have come a long way since the girmit era and have tried their best to emerge from suppression and male dominance. Their efforts have been recognized and their achievement is visible in various forms.
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