Women in Religion and the Birth of Patriarchy

In this note I want to compare the evolution of patriarchy in the abrahamic and brahmanical traditions and argue that religious assertions of male superiority were instrumental in creating the institution of property and constituted some of history’s earliest moments of primitive accumulation.
Further I will explain how the tantric tradition corrects certain critical flaws in the previous brahmanical tradition.
In a hunter gatherer culture there can be no property (or very little, limited to small movable objects). Whatever property exists is constantly undercut by the threat of violence. While it was possible for people to rob each other, accumulation of robbed property was difficult as these cultures survived by being light and mobile. Robbery developed from the same roots as hunting, both founded on the creation and use of weapons. As these robbers would get more successful they would eventually hit the pastoral stage when they began to rob and accumulate human and animal slaves. Once we make the move to the pastoral stage, there is a significant amount of property which needs to be controlled and herded. So then comes the question of who will inherit the herd ? Once settled agriculture begins the question of inheritance becomes one of critical importance. Continue reading