On the Categories Brahman, King and Sanyasi

Veena Das

in Structure and Cognition

Third edition

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077404
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081172 | DOI:

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

On the Categories Brahman, King and Sanyasi

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This chapter presents an analysis of the Dharmaranya Purana. The analysis selects certain myths that are connected to the meaning of the sanyasi, Brahman, and king categories. It demonstrates that Hinduism's conceptual order is featured in these myths through a categorical partition of the three categories. It first discusses and analyses the myths of the creation of Dharmaranya, the creation of the Vanikas, the austerities of Dharmaraja, the story of the Jayadeva, the sorrows of Shrimata, and the story of King Aama. It then tries to show that when the myths are combined, they would help define a complete universe of discourse, based on the connections between the categories that represent the social and asocial. The chapter also studies the meaning of the Vanika/Shudra, Brahman, king, and sanyasi categories.

Keywords: Dharmaranya Purana; sanyasi; Brahman; king; Vanika/Shudra; myths; Hinduism’s conceptual order; social and asocial

Chapter.  15765 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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