Gendor Roles In The Indus Valley

Harappan religion had a strong concern for fertility. The Harappans had gods and goddesses whom they associated with creation and procreation. The Harappans recognized a mother goddess and a horned fertility god. The mother goddess and horned fertility god held trees and animals sacred because of their associations with vital forces. Below is a picture of the mother goddess. This object shows how women were important to fertility and how they were a key to surviving for the Harappans. The mother goddess and the horned fertility god can usually be seen on a Harappan seal. I chose this artifact because it shows how women were important to the Harappa and how they were key for them to survive.


In the Aryan Society, women had many rights, which included being chiefs. Men served as priests, warriors, and tribal chiefs. Only males could inherit property. The Lawbook Of Manu advised men to treat women with honor and respect. The duties for Women was to bear children and maintain the household. Men learned the Vedas for their education. This shows that women had rights, but were not as equal to men. Men got education and could do more things with their life like being a warrior. I chose this artifact which is the Vedas because men had education and women didn't. This shows how men had a few more rights then women had.

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