The Law Code of Visnu: A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of the Vaisnava-Dharmasastra

By: Patrick Olivelle

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In this frst critical edition of the legal treatise of Visnu (Visnu Smrti), Olivelle locates the text geographically in Kashmir and dates it to around the seventh century ce based, among other factors, on the iconographic description of Visnu. Te text was composed by a scholar who belonged to the Kathaka Branch of the Yajur eda and who was also an adherent of the Vaisnava Pancaratra tradition. This is the only legal text that shows a deep influence of the bhakti tradition. Although the Visnu Smrti did not have as illustrious a life as the treatises of Manu and Yajnavalkya, we find it cited frequently in medieval legal digests. Indeed, unlike citations from other Dharmasastras, medieval authors regularly cite entire sections of this treatise, indicating that they were familiar with a text more or less identical to the one that has come down to us. Consisting of 100 chapters, the text is framed as a conversation between Goddess Earth and Visnu, with Earth requesting the dharma that should govern the lives of those belonging to the four varnas. Originally published in the Harvard Oriental Series, this Indian edition will hopefully make this important text available to a wider Indian audience of scholars and students. Printed Pages:604.

Title: The Law Code of Visnu: A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of the Vaisnava-Dharmasastra

Author Name: Patrick Olivelle

Categories: India, Hinduism,

Publisher: New Delhi, Primus Books: 2018

ISBN: 9789386552877

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 701483

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