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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 256-262

Indian religious concepts on sexuality and marriage


1 Department of Psychiatry, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Mumbai, India
2 Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist Founder Trustee - Desousa Foundation, Mumbai, India

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Avinash De Sousa
Carmel, 18, St. Francis Avenue, Off SV Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai - 400 054
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.105547

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Indian religions and cultures are diverse and have always influenced the way people live in this part of the world. Religion has been a very dominant influence in marriage, choice of marital partner and cohabitation. The present paper looks at various religions in India and their influence on sexual attitudes and the institution of marriage. Sikhism, Jainism and the Parsi faith with its influence on sexuality and marriage are reviewed. Christian values and the role they play in shaping sexual notions as well Christian marriage traditions are explored. The paper also looks at the influences Islam has had on marriage and sexuality and ends with a feminist perspective on women and sexual attitudes towards women.



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