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Author Hiltebeitel, Alf

Title Dharma : its early history in law, religion, and narrative / Alf Hiltebeitel
Published New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011


Description 1 online resource (xvii, 747 pages)
Series South Asia research
South Asia research (New York, N.Y.)
Contents Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- 1. Introduction -- A. Classical Dharma Texts and Their Relative Dating -- B. Three Critical Editions -- C. Paradigm Shifts on Dharma: The Case of the Maha; bharata -- D. Chapter by Chapter -- 2. AÅ?oka Maurya -- A. AÅ?okaâ€?s Inscriptions -- B. A Comprehensive Dhamma -- 3. A Vedic History of Dharma -- A. Dhárman in Early and Later Rgvedic Usages -- B. Dhárman as Enigma -- C. Dhárman and Rgvedic Kingship -- D. Mantra Period and Later Samhita Usages -- E. The Brahmanas -- F. The Upanisads
4. Early Buddhism: Three Baskets of DharmaA. Sutra Basket Dharma -- B. Abhidharma Basket Dharma -- C. Vinaya Basket Dharma -- 5. Post-Vedic Brahmanical Dharma -- A. Vedic Schools and the Dharmasutras -- B. Toward Consensus in Brahmanical Dharma Texts -- C. Whatâ€?s New with Manu -- D. Brahma in Manu â€?s Frame Narrative -- E. Varna (Caste), AÅ?rama (Life Pattern), the King, Åšudras, and Women -- F. Rajadharma: Establishing a Kingâ€?s Dharma -- G. A Day in a Kingâ€?s Life -- 6. Dharma over Time, I: Big Time Dharma -- A. Kalpas and Yugas
B. Buddhist and Hindu KalpasC. Originary Dharma in the Mahabharata -- D. Kalpas, Manvantaras, and Yugas in Manu and the Mahabharata -- 7. Dharma over Time, II: Prophesies of Disaster -- A. The Yuga Purana -- B. Variations on the Debacle at KauÅ?ambi -- C. The Yuga Purana and the KauÅ?ambi Myth -- 8. Womenâ€?s Dharma: Sastric Norms and Epic Narratives -- A. Stridharma -- B. The Law of the Mother -- C. Mother Ganga -- D. Mother Kali Satyavati -- E. The Transitional “Three Mothers, â€? -- F. Mothers Kunti and Gandhari
G. Kunti, Madri, and Pandu among the Hundred Peak Mountain RsisH. Settling Mother Kunti and Her Sons Back at Hastinapura -- I. Conclusions -- 9. Two Dharma Biographies? Rama and Yudhisthira -- A. The Royal Life as Adventure -- B. Frames and Frontmatter on Rama, Yudhisthira, and Dharma -- C. Sidestories and Subtales, Foregrounding and Legal Precedent -- D. Monstrous Encounters -- E. Questionable Killings: Valin and Drona -- F. Rama and Yudhisthira: Some Comparative Points -- 10. Draupadi and Sita: Dharmapatnis of Two Different Kinds
A. Family Background, Birth, and ChildhoodB. Marriage, Divine Plan, Early Signs of Trouble -- C. Sita and Draupadi on Their Svadharma -- D. Captivity and Exile -- 11. Dharma and the Bhagavad Gita -- A. Svadharma and Svakarma: Qualities, Merits, and Virtues -- B. Who Has Svadharma? -- C. Manu and the Bhagavad Gita: Two Kinds of Karmayoga -- D. Where Krsna Is There Is Dharma -- E. Dharma Rings in the Bhagavad Gita Proper -- 12. Dharma and Bhakti -- A. Mapping the Divine Plans -- B. The Placer and the Ordainer -- C. “Avatara, �
Summary Between 300 BCE and 200 CE, concepts and practices of dharma attained literary prominence throughout India. Both Buddhist and Brahmanical authors sought to clarify and classify their central concerns, and dharma proved a means of thinking through and articulating those concerns. Alf Hiltebeitel shows the different ways in which dharma was interpreted during that formative period
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Dharma -- History of doctrines
Hinduism -- Doctrines -- History
Dharma (Buddhism) -- History of doctrines
Buddhism -- Doctrines -- History.
RELIGION -- Hinduism -- Theology.
Hinduism -- Doctrines.
Buddhism -- Doctrines.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780199875245