What Theravada Buddhists Believe
Central tenets of this Theravada Buddhism, based on the questions in the Belief-O-Matic quiz.
04/06/2012 11:17:27 AM
I would just like to point out that in Theravada countries, particularly Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand, women appear to have enjoyed a much less restricted role in society than women in the West (Europe and the Americas) have traditionally, and even today, enjoy. For example, women business owners and female workers in what the West would consider "male" occupations (for example., heavy construction) have been the norm for many years now -- perhaps centuries -- in Thailand. Sri Lanka has had a female head of state in Sirimavo Bandaranaike, and Myanmar *would* most likely have had a female head of state in Aung San Suu Kyi two decades ago if not for the interference in the popular will by a military junta. So far, at least here in the US, our Judeo-Christian-dominated culture doesn't seem to be completely ready for the idea of a female head of state, although in less-religiously-inclined Europe several societies have seen fit to grant women an opportunity to captain the ship of state.
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