7 places which don't allow women; Only 1 doesn't allow men

Updated: Jul 18, 2017, 09:38 AM(IST)

On grounds of religious belief, health and ideas of impurity, women have been not allowed to enter places for centuries. There is only one place which is off-limit for men.

Mount Athos, Greece

Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in northeastern Greece, it is an important centre of Eastern Orthodox monasticism, which is occupied for more than a millennium by Russian Orthodox monks. The interesting truth about this place is that --women, and female animals, are banned here. It has barred women for more than 1,000 years and they are not even allowed within 500 metre of the coast.


Okinoshima, Japanese sacred Island

Women are banned from entering Okinoshima, a sacred Japanese island which is home to the 17th century shrine of Okitsu. This Island has gained UNESCO world heritage status recently. Following strict rules, only men are allowed to travel and worship at the island's shrines, as they strip naked and perform a cleansing ritual before they set foot on the land. Then they honour sailors who died in a nearby naval battle during the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese war. One of the reason behind the ban on women from visiting this Island is because of ancient taboos of Shinto traditions, although the original reason for the ban is unclear.


Galaxy Rutschenparadies water park, Germany

Galaxy Rutschenparadies water park in Germany has banned women from a high-speed slide --claiming whooshing water was causing ?intimate injuries?.


Mount Omine, Japan

Mount Omine is a sacred mountain in Nara, Japan. This place famous for its three tests of courage and devotion to Shugendo, a religion which was founded in the 8th century by En no Gyoja along with the monastery. Here women are barred from even climbing the mountain, as they are not welcomed to Mt. Omine and never have been in the last 1300 years. It is believed that since the origin of this place, it have had been ban to unclean people, such as those who recently had a death in the family or menstruating women, which was believed to be linked to Shinto concepts of impurity, specifically the "blood impurity" brought on by menstruation and childbirth.


Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has Sharia law as the basis of all the rules and the Hudud was a common form of punishment in the country.

As per the laws, 'homosexual acts' are punishable by execution under which the 'criminals' are subjected to flogging and imprisonment.

Generally, beheadings and amputations by sword were usually carried out on Fridays, before midday prayers.


Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

The Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai was constructed in 1431 in memory of a wealthy Muslim merchant, Sayyed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari, who gave up all his worldly possessions before making a pilgrimage to Mecca. At Haji Ali Dargah women worshippers are not permitted to enter inside and touch the tomb of the male saint. As the entry of women in close proximity of grave of a male Muslim saint is a grievous sin in Islam.
However, the Supreme Court on October 24, 2016, delivered its verdict upholding equal access to women as men.


Lord Ayyappa Temple, Kerala, India

Lord Ayyappa is an incarnation of Shiva and Vishnu. In 1991, the Kerala High Court banned entry of women between ages above the age of 10 and below the age of 50 from offering worship at Sabarimala Shrine because it is the age when women could be menstruating.


Umoja village, Kenya

Umoja, a village in Kenya was founded in 1990, is an all-female matriarch village --with zero men. It was founded by Rebecca Lolosoli, a Samburu woman, as a sanctuary for homeless survivors of violence against women, and young girls running from forced marriages. She was in hospital recovering from a thrashing by a group of men when she came up with the idea of a women-only community.


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