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SHASHWATI (Vedic Period)


Shashwati was a hymn-writer. She is credited with the authorship of a hymn in the Rig Veda (1.179.6). This celebrates the revival of the phallic power of her husband Asanga Playogi. Shashwati was also called Nari, meaning woman, implying that she was the type or pattern of the perfect woman. The frank and uninhibited nature of the hymn and its being given a prominent place in the sacred text implies that women’s sexuality was celebrated in ancient times.
 
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