The Dharmasastra - An Introductory Analysis

The Dharmasastra - An Introductory Analysis

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Author: Brajakishore Swain
Publisher: Akshaya Prakashan
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 574
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188643130


This book contains thirty-one learned articles on different subject of Dharmasastra to give a meaningful introduction to Dharmasastra literature of India. Although subject matter of Dharmasastra is traditionally arranged in three sections; namely acara, vyavahara and prayascitta relating to custom, behaviour and ethics respectively, articles included in this book have been designed in a very modern way of postulation.

That, origin and development of Dharmasastra are the subjects of history of this literature, is placed at the outset. Unlike other topics included in it, modern value of Dharmasastra has been successfully dealt with in it at last. Between these two an introductory analysis is made of subjects like origin of religion, law, rajadharma, ancestor worship, stages of life, inheritance, sacraments, sraddha, adoption, expiation, spiritualism, pilgrimage, etc.





1. The Dharmasastra: An Introductory Analysis
2. The Smartasutras
3. Manu
4. The Origin of Religion
5. Religion and Spirituality
6. The Sanatana dharma
7. The Samskaras
8. The Marriage
9. The Stages of Life
10. The System of the Asramas
11. Caste
12. The Life after Death
13. The Funeral Rites
14. Ancestor Worship
15. Sacrifice
16. Penances and Vows
17. Sravakacara
18. Indian Pilgrim Tradition
19. Women and Religion
20. Hierarchy
21. The Rajadharma
22. Sources of Hindu Law
23. The Sacred Laws of the Hindus
24. Custom and Law in Ancient India
25. The Family-Economic Institution
26. The Administration of Justice
27. The Theory of Adoption
28. Ethics and Politics in Hindu Culture
29. Influence of Dharmasastra on the Vaisnavism of Orissa
30. Interpretation of Dharmasastra
31. Dharmasastras and the Modern Age