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SANSKRIT (TEXTUAL) TRADITIONS: Social Structure in Hindu Sanskrit Texts

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Religious Studies
RELG 252
Davesh Soneji

To discuss Social Structure in Hindu Sanskrit TextsThe Sanskrit Textual Canon and the Brahmanic Social OrderWhat is the social world in which the ritual is embeddedWhat is the Sanskrit Textual CanonWe divide the textual canon in Sruti and Smrti chronologically in this orderSruti means that which is heard It means eternal and beyond the concept of time everexistent knowledge eternal It is called apauruseya literally means not crafted by man Often translated as reveled scripture Examples are the Vedas Brahmanas Aranyakas Upanisads This knowledge ENDS with the Upanisads included which is why they are also called Vedanta end of the Veda literally means that which is remembered Knowledge that arises in Smrtispecic temporal and spatial contexts Smrti contrarily to Upanisads or Vedas have specic authors often mythological or semidivine gures Examples are the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana as well as the Puranas Ramayana attributed to the sage Valmiki
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