Chapter

Of Jatis

Veena Das

in Structure and Cognition

Third edition

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077404
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081172 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077404.003.0003

Series: Oxford India Perennials Series

Of Jatis

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This chapter continues the discussion of the structure of the Dharmaranya Purana. It is mostly concerned with the myths that are connected to the differentiation among the Vanikas and Brahmas. The chapter begins by discussing jatis, where it shows that the jatis is found within the conceptual order of Hinduism. Here, it notes that jatis references a set of relations among the sanyasi, Brahman, and king, and explains that a jati can be classified by three principles of organization. It then looks at the primary divisions among the Brahmans and the reasons—as stated in the Purana—why these divisions occurred. It also discusses the differences that arose between the Chaturvedi Brahmans and the Trivedi Brahmans, the Modh Brahmans' code of conduct, the Puranic thinkers, and the theory of the kalivarjya. The final part of the chapter discusses the conception of caste fission within the Dharmaranya Purana.

Keywords: Dharmaranya Purana; jatis; principles of organization; code of conduct; Puranic thinkers; theory of the kalivarjya; caste fission; Brahmans; Vanikas

Chapter.  13815 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Theory

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