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GṛhasthaThe Householder in Ancient Indian Religious Culture$
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Patrick Olivelle

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190696153

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190696153.001.0001

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The Householder in Early Dharmaśāstra Literature

The Householder in Early Dharmaśāstra Literature

(p.124) 8 The Householder in Early Dharmaśāstra Literature

David Brick

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This chapter provides a historical and philological analysis of the Brahmanical householder as he is portrayed in the early Dharmaśāstra literature and also in the Mahābhāṣya of Patañjali. Specifically, it focuses on the precise meanings, connotations, and usages of the various terms employed by these texts to denote a householder or married man. It ends by listing the various terms for householder used by early Dharmaśāstra texts in their probable order of introduction to the dharma tradition; presenting succinctly the precise meanings or range of meanings of these words; and providing brief histories of their usage within early Dharmaśāstra.

Keywords:   householder, gṛhastha, law, dharma, Dharmaśāstra, āśrama

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