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upanayana

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

According to the tradition prescribed in the Gṛhyasūtras and Dharmaśāstra, one of the most important saṃskāras for a male belonging to one of the three higher varṇas. Most immediately, it...

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upanayana

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

According to the tradition prescribed in the Gṛhyasūtras and Dharmaśāstra, one of the most important saṃskāras for a male belonging to one of the three higher varṇas. Most immediately, it...

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upanayana

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 415 words.

According to the tradition prescribed in the Gṛhyasūtras and Dharmaśāstra, one of the most important saṃskāras for a male

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Upanayana

John Bowker.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

January 2000; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religious Studies. 195 words.

Sometimes called ‘the thread ceremony’, or ‘sacred thread’ ceremony, this is one of the most important rites of passage in

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<i>Vedamlo</i>, “Living in the Veda”

David M. Knipe.

in Vedic Voices

April 2015; p ublished online March 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Hinduism. 9463 words.

The chapter describes essentials of life “in Veda” (Telugu vedamlo) and beginning with progress of a brahmacarin student in textual and ritual preparation for a career as a Veda pandit. It...

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The Vedic Student

Timothy Lubin.

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Law

December 2017; p ublished online January 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Hinduism. 7190 words.

This chapter examines the form and purpose of the Vedic studentship, and the special importance that came to be attached to it as Brahmins sought to reposition their tradition as a basis...

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The Thread of Life

Arthur J. Magida.

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

October 2006; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religious Studies. 4997 words.

This chapter explores the Hindu rite of passage upanayana, or the sacred thread ceremony as it has been celebrated in America, recounting the ceremony of Ajay Kumar, who lived in Lanham—a...

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sacred thread

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 234 words.

A ‘sacrificial’ cord with which males of the first three varṇa are invested at upanayana. The thin, knotted cord

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dvija

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 36 words.

1 An Āryan male belonging to one of the three higher varnas who has been ‘born again’ through taking upanayana

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dvija

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1 An Āryan male belonging to one of the three higher varnas who has been ‘born again’ through taking upanayana—initiation into the Veda and Vedic ritual.

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Gṛhyasūtra

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c.800–300 bce)

A category of late Vedic texts, classified as belonging to the Kalpasūtra literature of the Vedāṅga (and therefore as smṛti), which deals with the...

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