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Unformatted text preview: Laws of Manu 13/02/2008 10:12:00 ← Laws of Manu • Prescribe duties of 4 varnas (dharma) • Ideal text • Incorporates moksa-seeking • British liked it – part of orientalist project – produce knowledge to help you control subjects o Gave them a classification system o Uniform, universal, timeless ← 4 stages of life • Student • Householder • Forest Dweler • Renunciant (sossyasin?) ← Manu – about 4 varnas ← Jati – “birth” literally • 100s of them, subdivided into gotras (lineages or clans) • occupation (what you and your ancestors did) • marriage (who you can marry) • eating (who you can eat with, prepare food for, what kinds of food you prepare for other people • purity/impurity • auspiciousness/inauspiciousness ← caste became primary in understanding India/ • stood in contrast to Euro ideas of states polity – also Christian ideals of all...
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course RN 103 taught by Professor Cogan during the Spring '07 term at BU.
- Spring '07