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By Patrick Olivelle

The Dharmasutras are the 4 surviving written works of the traditional Indian culture almost about dharma, or the foundations of habit a group acknowledges as binding on its members.

Written in a pithy and aphoristic variety and representing the fruits of a protracted culture of scholarship, the
Dharmasutras list extreme disputes and divergent perspectives on such topics because the schooling of the younger, rites of passage, marriage and marital rights, the right kind interplay among various social teams, sins and their expiations, associations for the pursuit of holiness, crimes and punishments, loss of life and ancestral rites. briefly, those distinctive records provide us a glimpse of the way humans, in particular Brahmin men, have been preferably anticipated to stay 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 a similar lucid and stylish variety as in his award-winning translation of the Upanisads and comprises the newest scholarship on historical Indian legislations, society, and faith. advanced fabric is helpfully equipped, making this the suitable version for the non-specialist in addition to for college students 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. every one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of different precious beneficial properties, together with specialist introductions by way of prime specialists, voluminous notes to explain the textual content, up to date bibliographies for extra learn, and lots more and plenty extra.

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The presence of these features indicates lateness. Verses are interspersed among the prose sūtras in all of our texts except Gautama. ’ Such verses generally do not introduce new material but simply reinforce injunctions already given in prose passages. In Baudhāyana and Vasiṣṭha, however, there is an increasing use of verse not merely as quotations but as integral parts of the composition, reflecting the genre of the later Sm̥tis. Table 1 gives a comparative breakdown of the number of verses in the three texts.

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.

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