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Explorations in the Early History of the Dharmaśāstra

Patrick Olivelle

in Between the Empires: Society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195305326
eISBN:
9780199850884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305326.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The absence of the term śāstra in the vedic texts, including the Brāhmaṇas and the Upaniṣads, and the relative frequency of its use in the literature falling broadly within the period “between the ... More


The Vedic World View

Balmiki Prasad Singh

in Bahudhā and the Post 9/11 World

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195693553
eISBN:
9780199080328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195693553.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

The longing for conflict-free and harmonious living is both an ancient and a continuing human aspiration. Multiplicity of tribes and beliefs has been a special feature of the Indian society since ... More


Vedic Political Thought: Hierarchy, Connectedness, and Cosmology

Stuart Gray

in A Defense of Rule: Origins of Political Thought in Greece and India

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190636319
eISBN:
9780190636333
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190636319.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory

This chapter clarifies the conceptual context for understanding the meaning of rule in early brahmanical political thought as expressed in the Vedic Saṃhitās and Brāhmaṇas. It begins with a critique ... More


Dogs as Dalits in Indian Literature 1

Wendy Doniger

in On Hinduism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199360079
eISBN:
9780199377923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0034
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Animals such as cats and dogs occupy a central place in the Hindu religious imaginary. For example, gods become incarnate as animals and have animal vehicles, and cats and herons are used as symbols ... More


Death and Rebirthin Hinduism 1

Wendy Doniger

in On Hinduism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199360079
eISBN:
9780199377923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the different approaches to death and rebirth in Hinduism, first by looking at what the Rig Veda says about death and the afterlife, as well as recurring death or ‘re-death’ and ... More


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