The Laws of Manu (New Edition)

G. Buhler

Verlag: Cosmo Publications, 2004
ISBN 10: 8177558765 / ISBN 13: 9788177558760
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In Hindu mythology, Manu is the progenitor of the human race. He is thus the lord and guardian of the living, and his name is attached to the most important codification of Hindu law, the Manava-dharma-sastra (Laws of Manu). Compiled by Brahmanic legalists sometime between 200 BC and AD 200, this code is the earliest of the Vedic texts called the dharma-sutras, manuals on dharma, or duty. Unlike earlier texts, which focus primarily on knowledge of Brahman and self, the code of Manu emphasizes duty in the social context. It defines the specific duties and responsibilities of the individual in terms of varna, or class Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, or Sudra and asrama, or state of life student, householder, forest hermit, or total ascetic classifications that remain fundamental to Hinduism to the present day. This text by Buhler since its first appearance has remained the most authentic and accepted English translation. The text has, for the first time, been rendered in a narrative form, making it an enjoyable reading for the serious scholars as well as the general readers. Printed Pages: 399. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 4946

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Inhaltsangabe: Difficult as the historical problems are which the Dharma-sutras translated in vols, ii and xiv of this Series offer, they are infinitely less complicated than those connected with the metrical law-books and especially with the Manu-smrzti, or, to speak more exactly, with Bhrzgu sversion of the Institutes of the Sacred Law proclaimed by Manu. Though mostly the materials available for the inquiry into the history of the Dharma-sutras are scanty, and in part at least belong to the floating traditions which are generally current among the learned, but of uncertain origin, they not only exhibit no extravagancies, but agree fully with the facts known from strictly historical sources. Moreover, and this is the most important point, though the text of the Dharma-sutras has not always been preserved with perfect purity, they have evidently retained their original character. They do not pretend to be anything more than the compositions of ordinary mortals, based on the teaching of the Vedas, on the decisions of those who are acquainted with the law, and on the customs of virtuous A ryas. In some cases their authors say as much in plain words. Thus A pastamba repeatedly laments the sinfulness and the weakness of the men of later times and Gautama warns against an imitation of the irregular conduct of the ancients whose great lustre preserved them from falling. It is, further, still possible to recognise, even on a superficial examination, for what purpose the Dharmasutras were originally composed.
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Titel: The Laws of Manu (New Edition)
Verlag: Cosmo Publications
Erscheinungsdatum: 2004
Einband: Softcover
Zustand: New
Auflage: First edition.

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