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The Significance of Ancient Indian History

R.S. Sharma

in India’s Ancient Past

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195687859
eISBN:
9780199080366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687859.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Many races and tribes intermingled in early India. A significant attribute of ancient Indian culture has been the commingling of cultural elements from the north and south, and from the east and ... More


Well-Mannered Medicine: Medical Ethics and Etiquette in Classical Ayurveda

Dagmar Wujastyk

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199856268
eISBN:
9780199950560
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199856268.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

When is it right for a doctor to lie to a patient? What is more important: a patient's health, or his dignity? When should a patient refuse to follow the doctor's orders? What is acceptable medical ... More


The Geopolitical Orbits of Ancient India: The Geographical Frames of the Ancient Indian Dynasties

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780198069898
eISBN:
9780199080052
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069898.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This book explores how the political history of ancient India has transpired in various geographical orbits, the definition of which has long bothered scholars. Contrary to widely held assumptions, ... More


Introduction

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

in The Geopolitical Orbits of Ancient India: The Geographical Frames of the Ancient Indian Dynasties

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780198069898
eISBN:
9780199080052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069898.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

The focal geographical points of the ancient Indian dynasties, together with the geographical orbits within which they tried to expand their political power and interacted with the other contemporary ... More


Religion and Literary Work

Paul J. Griffiths

in Religious Reading: The Place of Reading in the Practice of Religion

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195125771
eISBN:
9780199853335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195125771.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter begins with a discussion of how works may be composed, displayed, stored, and redisplayed without the use of writing, and without literacy in the narrow sense. It then considers debates ... More


Professor Sir Harold Bailey: An appreciation*

Ilya Gershevitch

in Indo-Iranian Languages and Peoples

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197262856
eISBN:
9780191753961
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262856.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter details the life and career of Sir Harold Bailey. It also describes the contents of his library. Bailey joined the Ancient India and Iran Trust in order to secure a permanent home for ... More


The Background and the Source

Romila Thapar

in Aśoka and the Decline of the Mauryas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077244
eISBN:
9780199081073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077244.003.0012
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter discusses the sources of information for the study Aśoka Maurya's reign in ancient India from 274 to 232 BC. It suggests that the most important religious source about the Mauryas is ... More


The First Orbits—the Dominance of the Gangetic India: Legendary Beginnings to c. 200 bc

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

in The Geopolitical Orbits of Ancient India: The Geographical Frames of the Ancient Indian Dynasties

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780198069898
eISBN:
9780199080052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069898.003.0002
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

The period of the ‘sixteen Mahajanapadas’ around the period of the Buddha is said to mark the first distinct historical phase of the political history of ancient India. By the time India's political ... More


The Aryan Homeland Debate in India

Shereen Ratnagar

in Selective Remembrances: Archaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226450582
eISBN:
9780226450643
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.003.0013
Subject:
Anthropology, Anthropology, Global

This chapter outlines what historical linguistics tells us about the Indo-European homeland and about the Indo-Iranian language(s) during the period 5000 to 2000 BC. It shows how the Hindutva ... More


Doniger O'flaherty on Doniger

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/9780199360079.003.0041
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In this chapter, the author reflects on the review she made for her own book, Splitting the Difference: Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India, using under the name Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty. ... More


The Control of Addiction in Ancient India 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/9780199360079.003.0025
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines addiction (sakti) in Hinduism and its renunciation in ancient India. It discusses the corpus of scientific texts known as the shastras which focus on how ancient India addressed ... More


Reading the Kamasutra: It Isn't all about Sex 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/9780199360079.003.0026
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The Kamasutra, the oldest extant Hindu textbook of erotic love, offers descriptions of the positions in sexual intercourse, the erotic counterpart to the ascetic asanas of yoga. Written by Vatsyayana ... More


Zoomorphism in Ancient India: Humans More Bestial than the Beasts 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/9780199360079.003.0030
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Anthropomorphism and zoomorphism are pervasive themes in Sanskrit texts, which project human qualities upon animals and imagine humans as animals. Although anthropomorphism is more common than ... More


Pornography

Hoshang Merchant

in Secret Writings of Hoshang Merchant

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199465965
eISBN:
9780199086962
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465965.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The Latin root of the word is porne, meaning ‘whore’. Merchant explains why there is porn (‘Slaves’) in Yaraana. He is following the example of Barthe’s The Pleasure of the Text (1975) and Anaïs ... 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


The Clever Wife in Indian Mythology 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/9780199360079.003.0020
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter focuses on tales of “clever wives” in Indian mythology. It looks at one such story, that of Muladeva and the Brahmin’s daughter, the final tale in Somadeva’s Kathasaritsagara, or “Ocean ... More


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