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Laws of Manu

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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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