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GASB34 Lecture 6

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Global Asia Studies
Libbie Mills

GASB34- Householder vs Renunciate 10/14/2011 8:50:00 AM Lecture 6 In lecture 4 we looked at Caturvarnasrama system of classes: 1. Bhramin Scholar Teacher 2. Ksatriya Warior Kind 3. Vaisya 4. Sudra The top three classes were offered certain occupations. Namely, Student, Householder, Forest Hermit, Wandering Ascetic (Know the differences between the two: fire, as well as being able to provide for themselves with respect to begging and using resources from the forest) We will look at the tension between the householder and ascetic ways of life. Part 1: The arguments for each side - Part 2: The cross-breeze (connections) Reading for this week: Manu 6.1 page 43 - This chapter continues to emphasize householder life (will be picking out the claims for the householder – why the householder is important – this book assumes that the householder life is good) Householder - An individual who has graduated must marry after a ritual - If the woman with whom you are wanting to marry offers offerings to the same anscestors, you must not marry her – sapinda – cannot be married on the father’s side - Describes specific characteristics of “Ideal” woman - Many rules about who to marry and who to not marry To a lerned and virtuous man - The Bhrama Rite - The Daiva Rite -Raksous rite (taking a woman screaming from her home after having removed all of ther kin) - A good marriage can erase the sin of 10 levels of ancestors, 10 levels of Descendents and him as the 21st - A Faulty marriage will lead to faulty children’s - The better the marriage the more people you can save and purify. Verse 51 (3.51) The laws of dowry - In accepting a dowry in greed = selling ones offspring - A dowry is a bad thing (very clear!) - Some people who give away a
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