“Cultural Practices of Brahmin Widows”

Latha, T and Rani, Alochana (2011) “Cultural Practices of Brahmin Widows”. In: International Conference on “Transcultural Nursing”, 9 - 11 Nov 2011, Manipal. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Objectives: objectives of the study were to explore cultural practices among widows and find the opinion of widows regarding their cultural practices. Methodology: Survey approach with descriptive survey design was used and 20 widows were interviewed with semi-structured interview schedule and opinionnaire on cultural practices of widowhood. Result: majority of widow were Brahmin (100%), illiterate (70%), staying in extended family (65%) with the mean family income of Rs.22,507.00/month. Duration of widowhood ranged from 3 years to 40 years. Majority of them have no job/occupation and they are not supposed to take any major decision in the family matters. Majority of the widow expressed that the Brahmin culture restrict then attending the functions. They eat one meal and one breakfast per day. They should not eat with other people and should wear red, white or blue saree only. They should not wear bangle, kumkum, or Mangalsuthra and should not talk to the non-family male members face-to-face. Majority of them opined that the cultural practice regarding the widowhood is good except communication and their dressing style. They also expressed that Brahmin culture is dissolving because of modernization and some of these practices are difficult to follow as the family size is reducing. Conclusion: Health care professionals need to consider the widowhood practices while providing care to the Brahmin widows. Widows may not be happy to interact with male healthcare professionals and having the routine hospital food. However, further studies can be done in order to find out the effect of these practices on the health of the widows

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Child Health
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Medical Surgical
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2013 04:27
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2013 04:27
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/78671

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