The Vasistha Dharma Sastra has a long list of

prohibitions for menstruating women, which are filled with a sadistic cruelty and

a neurotic repulsion to bodily processes:

During that period she shall not apply collyrium to her eyes, nor

anoint [her body], nor bathe in water, she shall sleep on the

ground; she shall not sleep in the daytime, not touch the fire,

not make a rope, nor clean her teeth, nor eat meat, nor look at

the planets, nor smile, nor busy herself with [household affairs],

nor run…

--- Does "make a rope" here mean to "weave a rope"?

I would think that's the idea.

Thanks Clive!