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Veena Das

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077404

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077404.001.0001

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On the Categories Brahman, King and Sanyasi

On the Categories Brahman, King and Sanyasi

(p.19) Chapter 2 On the Categories Brahman, King and Sanyasi
Structure and Cognition

Veena Das

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an analysis of the Dharmaranya Purana. The analysis selects certain myths that are connected to the meaning of the sanyasi, Brahman, and king categories. It demonstrates that Hinduism's conceptual order is featured in these myths through a categorical partition of the three categories. It first discusses and analyses the myths of the creation of Dharmaranya, the creation of the Vanikas, the austerities of Dharmaraja, the story of the Jayadeva, the sorrows of Shrimata, and the story of King Aama. It then tries to show that when the myths are combined, they would help define a complete universe of discourse, based on the connections between the categories that represent the social and asocial. The chapter also studies the meaning of the Vanika/Shudra, Brahman, king, and sanyasi categories.

Keywords:   Dharmaranya Purana, sanyasi, Brahman, king, Vanika/Shudra, myths, Hinduism’s conceptual order, social and asocial

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