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

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

by Patrick Olivelle

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The Asrama System: The History and Hermeneutics of a Religious Institution by Patrick Olivelle


The lesser known and explored of the two pillars of Hinduism--=a?rama and var.na--=a?rama is the name given to a system of four distinct and legitimate ways of leading a religious life: as a celibate student, a married householder, a forest hermit, and a world renouncer. In this, the first full-length study of the =a?rama system, Olivelle uncovers its origin and traces its subsequent history. He examines in depth its relationship to other institutional and doctrinal aspects of the Brahmanical world and its position within Brahmanical theology, and assesses its significance within the history of Indian religion. Throughout, he argues that the =a?rama system is primarily a theological construct and that the system and its history should be carefully distinguished from the socio-religious institutions comprehended by the system and from their respective histories.

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ISBN-13: 9780195083279
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/28/1993
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.31(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.92(d)

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