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The Asrama System: The History and Hermeneutics of a Religious Institution, Patrick Olivelle

Author Name    Patrick Olivelle

Title   The Asrama System: The History and Hermeneutics of a Religious Institution

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Edition   First Indian Edition

Size   16.5 x 25 Cm

Publisher   New Delhi, India Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd. 2016

ISBN    8121511356 / 9788121511353

Seller ID   033987

The lesser known and explored of the two pillars of Hinduism, varna and asrama, asrama is a system of four distinct and legitimate ways of leading a religious life: as a celibate student, a married householder, a forest hermit, and a world renouncer. In this, the first full-length study of the asrama system, Patrick Olivelle uncovers its origin and traces its subsequent history. He examines in depth its relationship to other institutional and doctrinal aspects of the Brahmanical world and its position within Brahmanical theology, and assesses its significance within the history of Indian religion. Throughout, the author argues that the asrama system is primarily a theological construct and that the system and its history should be carefully distinguished from the socio-religious institutions comprehended by the system and from their respective histories. Olivelle pays special attention to how the system was theologically re-appropriated in diverse ways at different historical periods through the hermeneutic labors of exegetes and theologians. The Asrama System thus represents a major study not only of Hindu religious, history, but also of the tradition of Indian hermeneutics. In 1994 The Asrama System was the winner of the American Academy of Religion's Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Historical category. Printed Pages: 287.

History Hermeneutics Asrama Ashram India

Price = 21.95 USD


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