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The Dharma of Justice in the Sanskrit Epics

Debates on Gender, Varna, and Species

Ruth Vanita

The Dharma of Justice in the Sanskrit Epics

The Dharma of Justice in the Sanskrit Epics

Debates on Gender, Varna, and Species

The Dharma of Justice in the Sanskrit Epics

 

This book highlights debates in the epics among men and women from all sections of society. These debates criticize discrimination based on gender, varna, poverty, age, and disability through the dharmas of singleness, friendship, marriage, parenting, and ruling.


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Beschrijving The Dharma of Justice in the Sanskrit Epics

This book shows that many characters in the Sanskrit epics - men and women of all varnas and mixed-varna - discuss and criticize discrimination based on gender, varna, poverty, age, and disability. On the basis of philosophy, logic and devotion, these characters argue that such categories are ever-changing, mixed and ultimately unreal therefore humans should be judged on the basis of their actions, not birth. The book explores the dharmas of singleness, friendship,
marriage, parenting, and ruling. Bhakta poets such as Kabir, Tulsidas, Rahim and Raidas drew on ideas and characters from the epics to present a vision of oneness. Justice is indivisible, all bodies are made of the same matter, all beings suffer, and all consciousnesses are akin. This book makes the
radical argument that in the epics, kindness to animals, the dharma available to all, is inseparable from all other forms of dharma.


ISBN
9780192859822
Pagina's
298
Verschenen
NUR
320
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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