The DaA?anami-Saa??nyasis: The Integration of Ascetic Lineages into an Order

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This book provides an account of the organisation, practices and history of the Daśanāmī-Sam.nyāsīs, one of the largest sects of sādhu-s (‘holy men’) in South Asia. According to tradition, the sect was founded by the legendary south-Indian philosopher Śan˙karācārya, whose floruit was most probably around 700CE.
While the first three chapters of this book examine the sect’s organisation and its various branches, the latter chapters explore its history. This is the first full-length study of the Daśanāmī-Sam.nyāsīs to be published since the 1970s, and will be particularly useful both for students of Hinduism and for readers with a particular interest in the religious history of mediaeval India.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004152113
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/4/2006
  • Series: Brill's Indological Library Series , #25
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Clark, Ph.D. (2004), School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), contributed an article on sādhu-s /sādhvī-s to the 2nd edition (2005) of the Encyclopedia of Religions, and currently works as an independent academic.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Branches of the Dasanami order
Ch. 2 Akhara-s and Dasanami functionaries
Ch. 3 Renunciation, rules for ascetics, and initiation
Ch. 4 The integration of various lineages : the Mathamnaya-s
Ch. 5 Sankara's hagiographies and his religious orientation
Ch. 6 The rise and influence of Advaita Matha-s
Ch. 7 Naga-s, sufis and parallel religious identities
App. 1 Numbers and percentages of orthodox, reformist and radical
App. 2 Sri Mathamnayasetu, Mahanusasanam, Sesamnaya
App. 3 The history and mythology of the Kumbh Mela
App. 4 Subdivisions within the Dasanami akhara-s : marhi-s and dava-s
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