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Women In The Sacred Laws
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Foreword Prologue
The Dharma Sutras Contemporary Evidence
The Manu - Samhita The Later Law-Books
Digest On Hindu Law Espirit Des Lois
Major Sections

THE LATER LAW - BOOKS

The Ruhata Jataka80 and the Kulla Paduma Jataka8l likewise describe the deceitful nature of women and their faithlessness. The former describes how a wife fooled her husband, and she is thus described:

'Now his wife is no better than she should be, and full of deceit.'

The latter describes how a wicked wife tried to murder her husband, but was discovered and brought to trial before the king, with her paramour. In the introduction to the Jataka the master thus remarks about women: I Brother, women kind are all ungrateful and treacherous.'

The Ganapati Jataka 82 describes the birth of Bodhisattva as a householder's son, and how his wife, being unfaithful to him, tried to trick him with the help of the head man of the village, with whom she had become friendly. Bodhisatta discovers them and chastises them with severe punishment.

The Culladhanuggaha Jataka 83 describes how a woman betrayed her husband to death and was deserted by her lover afterwards. The Sattubhasta Jataka 84 describes how an old Brahmin was sent away by his wife to beg, and finally her wickedness was exposed to him by a Brahmin preacher.

The Samugga Jataka 85 relates, through the story of a demon, how the most scrupulous watchfulness on the part of the divinity could not help in keeping his wife virtuous. He swallows her and carries her in his belly, but discovers, at the end, her unfaithful nature. The Assaka Jataka 86 describes the con sequences of the sins of a queen in the next world after her death.

The king, who deeply loved her, was pining away after her death. The sins of the queen were exposed to him through a dream, and he was assuaged of his grief for her. The Atthana Jataka 87 and the Samiddhi Jataka 88 describe the attempts of women to seduce men. The Maha Paduma Jataka 89 describes how a queen tempted her step- son to sin.

The Mahapalobhana Jataka describes the wiles of a woman and of her success in bringing about the fall of a prince. In the Kandina Jataka 91 Bodhisatta in the form of a fairy says, 'In famous, too, is the land which owns a woman's sway and rule, and infamous are the men who yield them- selves to women's dominion.' And again: 'pursed be the land where women rule supreme. And cursed the fool that bows to woman's sway.'

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