Language, Texts, and Society: Explorations in Ancient Indian Culture and Religion

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This collection brings together the research papers of Patrick Olivelle, published over a period of about ten years. The unifying theme of these studies is the search for historical context and developments hidden within words and texts. Words – and the cultural history represented by words – that scholars often take for granted as having a continuous and long history are often new and even neologisms, and thus provide important clues to cultural and religious innovations. Olivelle’s book on the Asramas, as well ...

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Overview

This collection brings together the research papers of Patrick Olivelle, published over a period of about ten years. The unifying theme of these studies is the search for historical context and developments hidden within words and texts. Words – and the cultural history represented by words – that scholars often take for granted as having a continuous and long history are often new and even neologisms, and thus provide important clues to cultural and religious innovations. Olivelle’s book on the Asramas, as well as the short pieces included in this volume, such as those on ananda and dharma, seek to see cultural innovation and historical changes within the changing semantic fields of key terms. Closer examination of numerous Sanskrit terms taken for granted as central to ‘Hinduism’ provide similar results. Indian texts have often been studied in the past as disincarnate realities providing information on an ahistorical and unchanging culture. This volume is a small contribution towards correcting that method of textual study.

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Patrick Olivelle is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Religions at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as Chair of the Department of Asian Studies from 1994 to 2007. He previously taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington from 1974 to 1991, where he was the Department Chair from 1984 to 1990.

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Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; I. Young Svetaketu: A Literary Study of an Upanisadic Story; II. dharmaskandhah and brahmasamsthah: A Study of Chandogya Upanisad 2.23.1; III. Orgasmic Rapture and Divine Ecstasy: The Semantic History of ananda; IV. Amrta: Women and Indian Technologies of Immortality; V. Power of Words: The Ascetic Appropriation and the Semantic Evolution of dharma; VI. Semantic History of Dharma: The Middle and Late Vedic Periods; VII. Explorations in the Early History of Dharmasastra; VIII. Structure and Composition of the Manava Dharmasastra; IX. Caste and Purity: A Study in the Language of the Dharma Literature; X. Rhetoric and Reality: Women’s Agency in the Dharmasastras; XI. Manu and Gautama: A Study in Sastric Intertextuality; XII. Manu and the Arthasastra: A Study in Sastric Intertextuality; XIII. Unfaithful Transmitters: Philological Criticism and Critical Editions of the Upanisads; XIV. Sanskrit Commentators and the Transmission of Texts: Haradatta on Apastamba-Dharmasutra; XV. Hair and Society: Social Significance of Hair in South Asian Traditions; XVI. Abhaksya and Abhojya: An Exploration in Dietary Language; XVII. Food for Thought: Dietary Rules and Social Organization in Ancient India; References; Index

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