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Structure and Cognition: Aspects of Hindu Caste and Ritual

Veena Das


Hindu caste and ritual are two features of the Hindu society that are discussed in Structure and Cognition. The book presents a thorough analysis of two Sanskrit texts, the Dharmaranya Purana and the Grihya Sutra of Gobhila; the former contains information on Hindu castes, while the latter contains information on Hindu rituals. The discussions try to show that Sanskrit texts—which are not normally used to study Indian social institutions—may also be used to study different features of Hindu social life. It introduces topics such as jatis and the categories of the Brahman, sanyasi, and king, an ... More

Keywords: Hindu society, Sanskrit texts, Dharmaranya Purana, Grihya Sutra, Indian social institutions, Brahmans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198077404
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077404.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Veena Das, author
Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University, USA