The Dharmasutras

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.

The Dharmasutras

Author: Patrick Olivelle

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191606049

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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.

The Dharmasutras The Law Codes of Ancient India

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.

The Dharmasutras   The Law Codes of Ancient India

Author: Patrick Olivelle

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780192838827

Page: 480

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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.

Dharmas tra Parallels

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.

Dharmas  tra Parallels

Author: Patrick Olivelle

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass

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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.

Between the Empires

If I claim to see differences in the portrayal of women in the Dharmasutras and
Dharmasastras, to trace development from one to the other, it can be quite
legitimately objected that it is not the "real" treatment of women that has changed,
but ...

Between the Empires

Author: Patrick Olivelle

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199775071

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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.

A Digest of Hindu Law

The method of introduction S'lokas into the Sútras is not confined to the
Dharmasûtras , but occurs also in the Grihya and S'rauta works , and even in the
Brâhmaņas , where likewise several of the S'lokas read in the Dharmasútras are
found .

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Poetics of Conduct

The term “Dharmashastra” commonly refers to both the Dharmashastras and the
Dharmasutras. 39. Kane, History of Dharmaśāstra, 1:1. 40. The Dharmasutras
and the Dharmashastras are part of the smriti tradition of sacred literature in ...

Poetics of Conduct

Author: Leela Prasad

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231139217

Page: 291

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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.

Dharma

Since the dharmasūtras and Manu are named after authorities on law, we can
refer to their titles in italics as a shorthand (e.g., Manu), and to their reputed
spokesmenbycitingtheir names without italics(e.g., Manu, Āpastamba). To probe
Manu's ...

Dharma

Author: Alf Hiltebeitel

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824860632

Page: 200

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This introductory work proposes a fresh take on the ancient Indian concept dharma. By unfolding how, even in its developments as "law" and custom, dharma participates in nuanced and multifarious understandings of the term that play out in India's great spiritual traditions, the book offers insights into the innovative character of both Hindu and Buddhist usages of the concept. Alf Hiltebeitel, in an original approach to early Buddhist usages, explores how the Buddhist canon brought out different meanings of dharma. This is followed by an exposition of the hypothesis that most, if not all, of the Hindu law books flowered after the third-century BC emperor Asoka, a Buddhist, made dharma the guiding principle of an entire realm and culture. A discussion built around the author's expertise on the Sanskrit epics shows how their narratives amplified the new Brahmanical norms and brought out the ethical dilemmas and spiritual teachings that arose from inquiry into dharma. A chapter on the tale of the Life of the Buddha considers the relation between dharma, moksa/nirvana (salvation), and bhakti (devotion). Here, Hiltebeitel ties together a thread that runs through the entire story, which is the Buddha's tendency to present dharma as a kind of civil discourse. In this sense, dharma challenges people to think critically or at least more creatively about their ethical principles and the foundations of their own spiritual values. A closing chapter on dharma in the twenty-first century explores its new cachet in an era of globalization, its diasporic implications, its openings into American popular culture, some implications for women, and the questions it is still raising for modern India.

Encyclopaedia of Dalits in India

One Social Discrimination and Dalit Identification in Pre - Independence India
The Case of Sudra The Dharmasutras When the four - varna system was
established for the first time , most of the people who were given the status of
sudra were ...

Encyclopaedia of Dalits in India

Author: Sanjay Paswan

Publisher: Gyan Publishing House

ISBN: 9788178351292

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India of Vedic Kalpas tras

CHAPTER III THE DHARMASUTRAS 1 . THE SUBJECT - MATTER OF THE
DHARMASUTRAS The Dharmasūtras are closely allied to the Gșihyasūtras ,
and several topics , such as Upanayana , Anadhyāya , marriage , Śrāddhas , and
 ...

India of Vedic Kalpas  tras

Author: Ram Gopal

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Socioeconomic and religious conditions of ancient India, as revealed in the Vedic kalpasūtras, aphoristic texts on rituals and religious laws.

Growth of Legal System in Indian Society

with various domestic rituals ; and Dharmasūtras which have some material in
common with Gșhyasūtras in addition to civil and criminal law , kingship , and
administration . The Dharmasūtras are very important for the students of Indian
law ...

Growth of Legal System in Indian Society

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The Sacred Laws of the ryas Part I

COMPARED with the information collected above regarding the origin and the
history of Âpastamba's Dharmasûtra, the ... work with the Sâmavedaanda
Gautama Karana, and itspriority tothe other four Dharmasûtras which we still
possess.

The Sacred Laws of the   ryas  Part I

Author: Georg Bühler

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465577025

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Government Oriental Series

The dharmasūtras very rarely describe the ritual of domestic life ; they merely
touch upon it ; their scope is wider and more ... There are certain points which
distinguish the dharmasútras ( the more ancient of them at least ) from smộtis .

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Bulletin of Tibetology

The dharmasutras also contain rules on some of the above topics such as
marriage and the samskaras , rules for the ... and of the house - holder of atithis
and of sraddha are meagrely treated as compared with the Apastamba
dharmasutra .

Bulletin of Tibetology

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