The Asrama System

The Asrama System : The History and Hermeneutics of a Religious Institution

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This is the first full-length study of the asrama system, a Hindu construct consisting of four legitimate ways of leading a religious life. Together with the varna (class) system, it forms one of the pillars of Hindu life. Olivelle traces its early history and how it gradually established connections with other Hindu religious institutions to emerge as one of the two central dimensions of the Hindu dharma. It represents a major study not only of Hindu religious history but also of the tradition of Indian hermeneutics.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 32mm | 619.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019508327X
  • 9780195083279
  • 1,378,969

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The conclusions presented are not ... novel but the careful and detailed arguments for them are well worth waiting for and greatly extend our understanding of this major concept in the history of Hindu thought ... a book which illuminates not only the history of the asrama system but much else in the tradition of Indian hermeneutics. All in all, this is a book to be warmly welcomed and carefully studied. * SOAS Bulletin *
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