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Ascetics and Brahmins : studies in ideologies and institutions

Author: Patrick Olivelle
Publisher: London ; New York : Anthem Press, 2011.
Series: Cultural, historical and textual studies of religions.
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"This volume brings together a variety of Patrick Olivelle's papers on Indian ascetical institutions and ideologies that have been published over the past thirty or so years. Asceticism represents a major strand in the religious and cultural history of India, providing some of the most creative elements within Indian religions and philosophies. Most of the major religions, such as Buddhism, Jainism, and the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Olivelle
ISBN: 9780857284327 0857284320
OCLC Number: 759175218
Description: 328 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
Introduction to renunciation in the Hindu traditions --
The Ascetic and the domestic in Brahmanical religiosity --
Village vs. wilderness: Ascetic ideals and the Hindu world --
A definition of world renunciation --
From feast to fast: food and the Indian Ascetic --
The beast and the Ascetic: the wild in the Indian religious imagination --
Deconstruction of the body in Indian Asceticism --
Contributions to the semantic history of saṃnyāsa --
The semantic history of āśrama --
Renunciation in the Saṃnyāsa Upaniṣads --
Odes of renunciation --
Ritual suicide and the rite of renunciation --
The renouncer's staff: triviṣṭabdha, tridaṇḍa, and ekadaṇḍa --
Pañcamāśramavidhi: rite for becoming a naked Ascetic --
Ānandatīrtha's Saṃnyāsapaddhati: a handbook for Madhvaite Ascetics --
Renouncer and renunciation in the Dharmaśāstras --
King and Ascetic: state control of Asceticism in the Arthaśāstra.
Series Title: Cultural, historical and textual studies of religions.
Responsibility: Patrick Olivelle.

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"This volume brings together a variety of Patrick Olivelle's papers on Indian ascetical institutions and ideologies that have been published over the past thirty or so years. Asceticism represents a major strand in the religious and cultural history of India, providing some of the most creative elements within Indian religions and philosophies. Most of the major religions, such as Buddhism, Jainism, and the religious philosophies both within these new religions and in the Brahmanical tradition, were created by world-renouncing ascetics. Ascetical institutions and ideologies developed in a creative tension with other religious institutions that stressed the centrality of family, procreation and society, and it is this tension that has articulated many of the central features of Indian religion and culture. The papers collected in this volume seek to locate Indian ascetical traditions within their historical, political and ideological contexts."--Publisher's website.

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