Gautama Dharmasūtra

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(c.3rd century bce)

One of the four extant Dharmasūtra texts; while it has no formal connection with any Vedic school, there is some internal evidence of a link with the Sāma Veda, with which Gautama, to whom it is ascribed, has a traditional association. It deals with such topics as the rules governing the life of the Vedic student, the life of the householder (gṛhastha), the occupations of the four varṇa, matters of criminal and civil law, the āśramas, and the duties of the king.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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