The Brahmanas of India - A Study Based on Inscriptions

The Brahmanas of India - A Study Based on Inscriptions

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Author: Chitrarekha Gupta
Publisher: Sundeep Prakashan
Year: 1983
Language: English
Pages: 206
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175740213


The Brahmanas held the highest position in society under the religious system rooted in the Vedas. But when the orthodox Brahmanas, under various social pressures, were gradually losing their hold, the liberal section of the Brahmanas, who were mostly followers of the semi-Vedic system of religion, came forward to play their part in the changing society.

The neo-Brahmanas, slowly but surely brought a change in the social outlook in their favour. Gradually, the Brahmanas were re-installed in their high altar of power. In this book, an attempt has been made to show, on the basis of inscriptions, how the Brahmanas penetrated into different fields of activities, a quality which contributed to their coming back to power.




Chapter 1 : The Vedas and the Brahmanas
Chapter 2 : Study of Other Subjects and Growth of Various Professions Among the Brahmanas
Chapter 3 : Sacrificial Activities and the Brahmanas
Chapter 4 : Gifts and the Brahmanas
Chapter 5 : Gotras and the Brahmanas
Chapter 6 : Regional Distribution of the Brahmanas
Chapter 7 : Temples and Temple Priests
Chapter 8 : Some Degraded Brahmanas