He asks her why she wants nothing for herself."Greed destroys all things," she replies, "I refuse greed.
One of the evil cousins comes over to strip off her clothes and she prays to Krishna. He pulls and pulls and pulls on the pallu and it just keeps going, never disrobing her.
Soon he is in a mountain of cloth and she is still clothed. The king is so freaked that he tells her to choose a favor. The king does so and offers another favor, but she refuses.
For those who don't know it: Draupadi was married to five brothers (yes, at the same time).
One of them was in a dice match with an evil Uncle who was cheating.
I am learning how to do that because I'm dating a modern American man and my plans for an arranged marriage did not work out at all.
But sometimes I feel guilt over not being better at the housework.
Families they are marrying into might require a crippling dowry from her family (even though dowries are now illegal) and sometimes young brides are killed by their new families for being "disobedient." There is an ancient tradition called sati in which women would throw themselves onto the funeral pyres of their husbands and burn alive.
This was seen as such a beautiful devotion that sometimes girls have been forced into funeral pyres. Historically widows have been treated very poorly in society.
I expected to be a housewife when I grew up and adjusting to the fact that I have come into a modern life and have to work has been difficult.
Sometimes I want very much to be strong and independent and capable and self-sufficient and all these things that women in the west are praised for.
Even in hunting the golden deer for her, he always wanted to make her happy.