By Patrick Olivelle
The Dharmasutras are the 4 surviving written works of the traditional Indian culture as regards to dharma, or the principles of habit a group acknowledges as binding on its members.
Written in a pithy and aphoristic kind and representing the end result of a protracted culture of scholarship, the
Dharmasutras list excessive disputes and divergent perspectives on such topics because the schooling of the younger, rites of passage, marriage and marital rights, the correct interplay among varied social teams, sins and their expiations, associations for the pursuit of holiness, crimes and punishments, demise and ancestral rites. briefly, those designated files supply us a glimpse of ways humans, specifically Brahmin men, have been preferably anticipated to reside their lives inside an ordered and hierarchically prepared society.
In this primary English translation of the Dharmasutras for over a century, Patrick Olivelle makes use of an analogous lucid and stylish kind as in his award-winning translation of the Upanisads and contains the latest scholarship on historic Indian legislations, society, and faith. complicated fabric is helpfully prepared, making this the perfect variation for the non-specialist in addition to for college kids of Indian society and religion.
About the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made to be had the broadest spectrum of literature from worldwide. each one cheap quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, supplying the main exact textual content plus a wealth of different invaluable beneficial properties, together with professional introductions by means of best specialists, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, updated bibliographies for additional research, and masses extra.
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Among his recent publications are The Saṃnyāsa Upaniṣads: Hindu Scriptures on Asceticism and Renunciation (Oxford, 1992), The Āśrama System: History and Hermeneutics of a Religious Institution (Oxford, 1993), Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism (State University of New York Press, 1994), and The Early Upaniṣads: Annotated Text and Translation (Oxford, 1998). His translations of Upaniṣads and Pañcatantra were published in Oxford World’s Classics in 1996 and 1997. CONTENTS Abbreviations Guide to the Pronunciation of Sanskrit Words Bibliography Introduction Literary History Authorship and Dates Literary Structure Semantics and Sources of Dharma Divergent Voices Note on the Translation DHARMASŪTRAS Āpastamba Gautama Baudhāyana Vasiṣṭha Appendices I.
Dharmasutras: The Law Codes of Ancient India by Patrick Olivelle