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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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Together Apart: Changing Ethical Implications of Hindu Cosmologies 1

Together Apart: Changing Ethical Implications of Hindu Cosmologies 1

(p.170) Together Apart: Changing Ethical Implications of Hindu Cosmologies1
On Hinduism

Wendy Doniger

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the ethics of cosmology in Hinduism. More specifically, it examines how the imagined shapes of the cosmos shifted and changed to accommodate an ethics of equilibrium and an ethics of egalitarianism in the visible, everyday world. It first considers what the Rig Veda says about cosmogeny and the origin of life and the universe. It then looks at the development of cosmogony in the Jaiminiya Brahmana. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the Puranas to illustrate some of the ways in which ethical order interacts with cosmogony and changes it.

Keywords:   ethics, cosmology, Hinduism, cosmos, Rig Veda, cosmogeny, life, universe, Jaiminiya Brahmana, Puranas

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