In orthodox hinduism a widow loses all her privileges

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Hinduism, a widow loses all her privileges with respect to “normal family life”; toprevent that from happening, a brother in law may assume the role of surrogate husband or guardian, and that of surrogate father to the widow’s children”Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – Frederick Douglass“have no accurate knowledge of my age, never having seen any authentic record containing it. By far the larger part of the slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs…slaves seldom come nearer to it than planting-time, harvest-time, cherry-time, spring-time or fall-time”What was this narrative about?oSlavery and religion“it is nevertheless plain that a very different-looking class of people are springing up at the south, and are now held in slavery…it will do away theforce of the argument, that god cursed Ham and therefore American slavery is right”“it was widely thought that Noah cursed his second son…that black skin resulted from the curse…all black people descended from Ham”“not that it would injure me, but it might embarrass them; for it is almost an unpardonable offence to teach slaves to read in this Christian country”oThe power of knowledge: reading and writing“Mr. Auld found out what was going on and at once forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her among other things, that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read”“if you teach that nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable and of no value to his master”“these words sank deep into my heart…called into existence an entirely new train of thought. It was a new and special revelation, explaining dark and mysterious things, with which my youthful understanding had struggled, but struggled in vain”“from that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom”“I got one of our city papers…from this time I understood the words abolition and abolitionist…the light broke upon me by degrees”oThe relation between Slave and Master
“…a woman of the kindest heart and finest feelings. She had never had a slave under control previously to myself…she had been in a good degree preserved from the blighting and dehumanizing effects of slavery”“this kind heart had but a short time to remain such. The fatal poison of irresponsible power was already in her hands, and soon commenced its infernal work. That cheerful eye, under the influence of slavery, soon became red with rage…that angelic face gave place that of a demon”“Mr. Covey succeeded in breaking me. I was broken in body, soul and spirit…that cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died…behold a man transformed into a brute”“you have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.”“this battle with Mr. Covey was the turning-point in my career as a slave. It rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom, and revivedwithin me a sense of my own manhood. It recalled the departed

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