Author: Patrick Olivelle

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0192838822

Category: Religion

Page: 434

View: 2996

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The Dharmasutras

The Law Codes of Ancient India

Author: Patrick Olivelle

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191606049

Category: Religion

Page: 480

View: 619

The Dharmasutras are the four surviving works of the ancient Indian expert tradition on the subject of dharma, or the rules of behaviour a community recognizes as binding on its members. Written in a pithy and aphoristic style and representing the culmination of a long tradition of scholarship, the Dharmasutras record intense disputes and divergent views on such subjects as the education of the young and their rites of passage, ritual procedures and religious ceremonies, marriage and marital rights and obligations, dietary restrictions, the right professions for and the proper interaction between different social groups, sins and their expiations, institutions for the pursuit of holiness, king and the administration of justice, crimes and punishments, death and ancestral rites. In short, these unique documents give us a glimpse of how people, especially Brahmin males, were ideally expected to live their lives within an ordered and hierarchically arranged society. In this first English translation of the Dharmasutras for over a century, Patrick Olivelle uses the same lucid and elegant style as in his award-winning translation of the Upanisads and incorporates the most recent scholarship on ancient Indian law, society, and religion. Complex material is helpfully organized, making this the ideal edition for the non-specialist as well as for students of Indian society and religion.

Dharma Sutras

Author: Anonymous

Publisher: Seltzer Books via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1455428841

Category: Religion

Page: 308

View: 3810

According to Wikipedia: "The Dharmasutras are Sanskrit texts dealing with custom, rituals and law. They include the four surviving written works of the ancient Indian tradition on the subject of dharma, or the rules of behavior recognized by a community. Unlike the later Dharmashastra, the dharmasutras are composed in prose. The oldest Dharmasutra is generally believed to have been that of Apastamba, followed by the dharmasutras of Gautama, Baudhayana, and an early version of Vasishtha. It is difficult to determine exact dates for these texts, but the dates between 500–300 BCE have been suggested for the oldest Dharmasutras."

Dharma - Sutras

Author: Sures Chandra Banerji

Publisher: N.A


Category: Dharmaśāstras

Page: 551

View: 1513

Society and Religion

From Rugveda to Puranas

Author: Jayant Gadkari

Publisher: Popular Prakashan

ISBN: 9788171547432

Category: India

Page: 254

View: 7974

Women in the Sacred Laws

Author: Shakuntala Rao Sastri

Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan


Category: Women

Page: 189

View: 6302

Poetics of Conduct

Oral Narrative and Moral Being in a South Indian Town

Author: Leela Prasad

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511272

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 8472

Leela Prasad's riveting book presents everyday stories on subjects such as deities, ascetics, cats, and cooking along with stylized, publicly delivered ethical discourse, and shows that the study of oral narrative and performance is essential to ethical inquiry. Prasad builds on more than a decade of her ethnographic research in the famous Hindu pilgrimage town of Sringeri, Karnataka, in southwestern India, where for centuries a vibrant local culture has flourished alongside a tradition of monastic authority. Oral narratives and the seeing-and-doing orientations that are part of everyday life compel the question: How do individuals imagine the normative, and negotiate and express it, when normative sources are many and diverging? Moral persuasiveness, Prasad suggests, is intimately tied to the aesthetics of narration, and imagination plays a vital role in shaping how people create, refute, or relate to "text," "moral authority," and "community." Lived understandings of ethics keep notions of text and practice in flux and raise questions about the constitution of "theory" itself. Prasad's innovative use of ethnography, poetics, philosophy of language, and narrative and performance studies demonstrates how the moral self, with a capacity for artistic expression, is dynamic and gendered, with a historical presence and a political agency.

Les sources du droit dans le système traditionnel de l'Inde

Author: Robert Lingat,University of California, Berkeley. Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520018983

Category: Religion

Page: 305

View: 8425

This book discusses pertinent and contentious issues such as the relationship of religious communities and state, minority rights, secularism and reservations in the context of democratic politics.

Jimutavahana's Dayabhaga

The Hindu Law of Inheritance in Bengal

Author: N.A

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198031604

Category: Religion

Page: 440

View: 2750

This is a translation of a 12th-century Sanskrit legal text, with the original text. The Dayabhaga was one of the most important texts in the history of Indian law. The text, fairly late and inspiring little attention, is important because the British elevated it to such prominence in their new colony in the early 19th century. It was known as the authority on inheritance and significant aspects of family law for the eastern Indian region. The case law and scholarship that surround this text have shaped Indian personal law right up to the present day.

Between the Empires

Society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE

Author: Patrick Olivelle

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199775071

Category: Religion

Page: 544

View: 4047

This volume is the result of an international conference organized by the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas. Patrick Olivelle has collected and edited the best papers to emerge from the conference. Part I of the book looks at what can be construed from archeological evidence. Part II concerns itself with the textual evidence for the period. Taken together, these essays offer an unprecedented look at Indian culture and society in this distant epoch.

Bhārataratna Mahāmahopādhyāya

Dr. P.V. Kane's History of Dharma-śāstra, in Essence

Author: S. G. Moghe

Publisher: N.A


Category: Hindu law

Page: 692

View: 6399

The Spirit of Hindu Law

Author: Donald R. Davis, Jr

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139485318

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 2277

Law is too often perceived solely as state-based rules and institutions that provide a rational alternative to religious rites and ancestral customs. The Spirit of Hindu Law uses the Hindu legal tradition as a heuristic tool to question this view and reveal the close linkage between law and religion. Emphasizing the household, the family, and everyday relationships as additional social locations of law, it contends that law itself can be understood as a theology of ordinary life. An introduction to traditional Hindu law and jurisprudence, this book is structured around key legal concepts such as the sources of law and authority, the laws of persons and things, procedure, punishment and legal practice. It combines investigation of key themes from Sanskrit legal texts with discussion of Hindu theology and ethics, as well as thorough examination of broader comparative issues in law and religion.

Dharmasūtra Parallels

Containing the Dharmasūtras of Āpastamba, Gautama, Baudhāyana, and Vasiṣṭha

Author: Patrick Olivelle

Publisher: N.A


Category: Dharma

Page: 230

View: 5673

The Dharmasutra Parallels present in a synoptic layout of the passages in the four Dharmasutras of Apastamba. Gautama, Baudhayana, and Vasistha the deal with identical topics. The Dharmasutras represent the oldest extant codification of Law in ancient India. A close study of these early legal treatises is essential if we are to understand not only the legal but also the cultural and religious history of the three or four centuries prior to the common era, a period that saw the beginnings of many of the features that we commonly associate with Indian civilization.

Explaining Mantras

Ritual, Rhetoric, and the Dream of a Natural Language in Hindu Tantra

Author: Robert A. Yelle

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135888175

Category: Religion

Page: 204

View: 4582

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.