Domesticity and Detachment

T. N. Madan

in The Hindu Householder

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780198069409
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080038 | DOI:
Domesticity and Detachment

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This chapter presents an account of the Pandit ideology of the householder in which the purposes and procedures of the good life, lived in affirmation of the values of plenitude and detachment, are spelled out. The Pandits' ideology of the householder is, in fact, much more than just that: it is their ideology of humanity. While all sentient beings are born (and die), human beings are ‘made’ or constructed and achieve different degrees of perfection by their conduct. The greatest ambition of a male Pandit is to become a householder along with his own wife and children.

Keywords: Pandits; identity; households; parenthood; good life; plenitude; detachment; ideology; householder

Chapter.  12334 words. 

Subjects: Sociology of Religion

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