Sometimes non-Indians wonder
about the traditional costume of the Indian woman, the short blouse she
wears under her sari that exposes her middle. Why is her bare belly revealed?
Lest this custom be misunderstood, I would like to point out that it is
not for any sexy allure, but in honor of the fertility of her womb that
To show reverence to femininity
and motherhood through the womb (yoni) is a very ancient Indian
tradition; Tantra is one highly developed form of this reverence to the
yoni. The tradition is not limited to Tantra, however, but diffused throughout
the culture. To this day, when an Indian man greets and embraces his mother
(or an older female relative equivalent to his mother), he presses his
face into her belly to pay homage to the womb where his life began.