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Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Patrick Olivelle (ed.)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

Much has been written about the Indian ascetic, but hardly any scholarly attention has been paid to the householder, generally referred to in Sanskrit as gṛhastha, “the stay-at-home.” The institution ... More


The Gṛhastha in the Mahābhārata

Adam Bowles

in Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

This chapter presents a survey of terms and concepts related to the householder in the Mahābhārata. It gives a statistical overview of the key terms and provides an account of their relational ... More


Gṛhasthas Don’t Belong in the Rāmā̄yaṇa

Aaron Sherraden

in Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

This chapter explores the position of the gṛhastha in the Rāmāyaṇa primarily through its striking absence—the concept is not found in the text with the exception of one verse. It properly ... More


Pāṣaṇḍa: Religious Communities in the Aśokan Inscriptions and Early Literature

Joel P. Brereton

in Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

This chapter studies the term pāṣaṇḍa and its Middle Indic equivalents in literature from the last centuries BCE through the first centuries of the Common Era. In later Brahminical and ... More


Gṛhastha in Aśoka’s Classification of Religious People

Patrick Olivelle

in Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

Aśoka in his inscriptions (3rd century BCE) uses the term pāṣaṇḍa to refer to organized religious groups, prominent among whose members were the homeless ascetics (pravrajita). He also refers to ... More


Gṛhastha in the Śramaṇic Discourse: A Lexical Survey of House Residents in Early Pāli Texts

Oliver Freiberger

in Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

Stephanie Jamison suggests in her chapter of this volume that the Brahmanical authors of the Dharmasūtras borrowed the term gṛhastha from the śramaṇic discourse of the time. Aside from Aśoka’s ... More


Gṛhastha, Āśrama, and the Origin of Dharmaśāstra

Patrick Olivelle

in Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

This chapter proposes a new theory on the origin of the āśrama system and of the literature of Dharmaśāstra. The distinction between gṛhastha and pravrajita, given in the Aśokan inscriptions and ... More


The Householder in Early Dharmaśāstra Literature

David Brick

in Gṛhastha: The Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190696153
eISBN:
9780190696184
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190696153.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

This chapter provides a historical and philological analysis of the Brahmanical householder as he is portrayed in the early Dharmaśāstra literature and also in the Mahābhāṣya of Patañjali. ... More


Marriage and the Householder: vivāha, gṛhastha

Stephanie W. Jamison

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Law: A New History of Dharmaśāstra

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198702603
eISBN:
9780191772276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198702603.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the figure of the householder (gṛhastha), the lynchpin of the dharma system, occupying the second stage of the codified āśrama system. It first considers the word gṛhastha and ... More


Orders of Life: āśrama

Patrick Olivelle

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Law: A New History of Dharmaśāstra

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198702603
eISBN:
9780191772276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198702603.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter explores the invention and the early history of the system of āśrama (orders of life). Using the newly discovered semantic history of gṛhastha (householder), this study shows that the ... More


‘A Marriage Made in Heaven’?: How Metaphysics Transforms Politics: A Case Study1

Julius Lipner

in India and the Unthinkable: Backwaters Collective on Metaphysics and Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780199466863
eISBN:
9780199087563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466863.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This essay aims to show how the metaphysical underlies and catalyzes the political by examining the development and implementation of a central paradigm in the thought of several important Hindu ... More


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