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Sacrificed wife/sacrificer's wife : women, ritual, and hospitality in ancient India

Author: Stephanie W Jamison
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jamison examines the conceptual position of women in the culture of early India, specifically the Vedic and early epic periods (c.1500-200 BCE).

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephanie W Jamison
ISBN: 0195096622 9780195096620 0195096630 9780195096637
OCLC Number: 31754204
Description: xvi, 340 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I: Introduction --
Part II: Sacrificed wife/sacrificer's wife: the myth of Manu's cups --
Part III: The wife in ritual --
A. The wife and other ritual actors --
B. Situating the wife in ritual --
C. Sexuality and fertility-symbolic representations --
D. Sexuality and fertility-the asvnamedha --
E. Sexuality and fertility-"negative" representations --
F. Hospitality and exchange relations: the soma sacrifice --
Part IV: The anxieties of hospitality --
A. Introduction-oghavati and ahalya --
B. Hospitality and hostly perils --
C. Manu's cups revisited I: the cow, the wife and the power of the guest --
D. Manu's cups revisited II: the vocabulary of hospitality --
E. Exploited guests and reluctant receivers --
Part V: Women and marriage --
A. Marriage and exchange --
B. Marriage by capture --
C. Maidenly self-determination --
Part IV: Finale.
Responsibility: Stephanie W. Jamison.
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