Published: 14 Dec 2018

What role does gold play in the rites of passage? #SpeakingOfGold with Devdutt Pattanaik

Devdutt Pattanaik

Indian author and mythologist

From birth to death, every step of progress in an individual’s life is marked by a celebration, sometimes simple, sometimes elaborate. In this video, popular Indian mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik speaks on the rites of passage in India and the prominence of gold in each phase- from using a golden spoon for the first feed to placing a piece of gold in the mouth of the deceased. The writer also states the importance of gold for women and brings in the concept of Streedhan, which is given as a congratulatory gift to a new mother for starting the next generation.