Christianity and attitude towards life and women society with special reference to church of swedish mission in tamilnadu

Samuel Santhosham R and Sivakumar M

The main objective of this paper is to analyze critically the major contribution of missionaries of Church of Swedish Mission (CSM) in Tamilnadu during the 19th century. The century witnessed for female infanticide, early marriage, pardha system, denial of widow remarriage, denial of property rights, denial of basic education, denial of equal rights. These evil practices based upon the traditional systems and slowly worsened the development of women in all aspects of their daily life and future. The Swedish missionaries identified that poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, age-old traditional customs and conventions had affected women’s progress hence they worked for the eradication of the evil practices with the support of many organizations and some techniques. Their grand success against the obstacles based upon some important attitudes towards various types of people in the society and that only helped to gain more, wider and sustainable nature of success.

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