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Dharma: Its Early History in Law, Religion, and Narrative

Alf Hiltebeitel

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195394238
eISBN:
9780199897452
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394238.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

From a verbal root meaning “to hold” or “uphold,” dharma is taken to have been the main term by which Buddhism and Hinduism came, over about five centuries, to describe their distinctive visions of ... More


Why should a Brahmin tell you Whom to Marry?: A Deconstruction of the Laws of Manu 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/9780199360079.003.0018
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the religious law on marriage—and, more broadly, sexual activity—in ancient India. It considers how the authors of the religious texts justified their authority and the extent ... More


Medical and Mythical Constructions of the Body in Sanskrit Texts 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/9780199360079.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the concept of the human body in Hinduism by analyzing three Sanskrit texts: medical texts, The Laws of Manu, and the Puranas. It first considers the doctrine of the three ... More


The Ambivalence of Ahimsa 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/9780199360079.003.0029
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

On the religious question of how to treat animals, Hinduism has been clear and explicit in its position. Contrary to widespread misconceptions, Hindus have not always been vegetarians and are not ... More


Three (or more) Forms of the Three (or more)–Fold Path in 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/9780199360079.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter focuses on the existence of triads in Hinduism and Hindu intellectual history. In Sanskrit, the number three signifies both “plural” and “complete.” An example of this triad is that of ... More


Eating Karma 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/9780199360079.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Among the Hindus, what you eat is less important than from whom you eat, the people from whom you take food—or, most important of all, the people from whom you do not take food. The Laws of Manu ... More


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