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.
Author: Patrick Olivelle
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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.
four extant Dharmasutras. But they are now lost; only the four translated here
have survived.4 What may be called the sutra period of the legal tradition ended
around the beginning of the common era. It gave way to the emerging literary
Author: Patrick Olivelle
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
"The law codes of ancient India"--Cover.
Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
According to Wikipedia: "The Dharmasutras are Sanskrit texts dealing with custom, rituals and law. They include the four surviving written works of the ancient Indian tradition on the subject of dharma, or the rules of behavior recognized by a community. Unlike the later Dharmashastra, the dharmasutras are composed in prose. The oldest Dharmasutra is generally believed to have been that of Apastamba, followed by the dharmasutras of Gautama, Baudhayana, and an early version of Vasishtha. It is difficult to determine exact dates for these texts, but the dates between 500–300 BCE have been suggested for the oldest Dharmasutras."
There appear to have been several authors of the Dharmasutras , as Apastamba
, Bodháyana , Vishnu , Vasishta , Goutama , and others who also wrote Grihya
and Srautasutras ; but these are the only works that now exist . In chronological ...
Beginning Apr. 1895, includes the Proceedings of the East India Association.
While the writers of the Dharmasutras have been so rational in restricting the
choice of a partner beyond the family , they have made much of gotra exogamy .
Vasistha would not allow marriage with a girl who belonged to the same gotra
Author: J. P. Singh Rana
Publisher: M.D. Publications Pvt. Ltd.
The aim of the bookis to unwind the problems, tensions, adjustments and expections of educated working class of women and present genuine suggestive measures to make the family more comfortable and meaningful.
Un- practice , Niyoga was fairly common in this like in the Vedic age the women's
estate period and the Dharmasutras laid down that now consisted of not only the
things receiv- a son begotten by Niyoga usually occupied ed by her at the time ...
Author: Ramananda Chatterjee
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